I do not think it is a distraction. It is all part of growing up… They are truly fun.
"I agree that, if SillyBandz create problems, the trading activity needs to have limits put around it, but I hope schools don't just 'nip it in the bud' as a knee-jerk reaction," says Amy Tiemann, PhD, author of Mojo Mom and editor of Courageous Parents, Confident Kids -- Letting Go So You Both Can Grow.
Now that bans on the Bandz are being enacted, Silly Bandz are getting a lot more attention. From mainstream media to mom blogs, everyone is talking about the funny, if not ugly, bracelets.
For many moms, this harkens back to the trading fads of yesteryear. Back in the 80s, stickers and Garbage Pail Kids cards were huge. In the early 90s, slap bracelets caught on (and got banned) in short order. Yu-Gi-Oh cards in the early 2000s made a big splash, too. "If it isn't fixation on Silly Bandz, then it would be something else," says mom of three Michelle Morton of North Carolina.
Other parents agree. "To me, Silly Bands are just good old fashioned fun. When I was a kid, we had mood rings. We were all crazy about constantly checking our moods. I'm sure it drove our parents and teachers crazy, but it was just part of growing up. People should lighten up," says Chris Miller Jamison of Pennsylvania.