Does anything in life make you prouder than knowing your children or grandchildren are doing well in school? Education is very important, especially these days with an ever-evolving economy and job market.
As parents, we’d do anything to help our kids thrive, not just in school but also in life. That’s why this new stress-relief toy for children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the hottest toy on the market. But is it a scam?
Why fidget spinners are a scam
One of the hottest toys on the market right now is the Fidget Spinner. It’s a small, three-pronged device made of plastic and metal that spins on a center ball bearing. The idea behind the Fidget Spinner is to increase focus and relieve stress. Watch the following video to see how it works:
The problem with this toy and why it is a scam is the way it is being marketed. Fidget Spinners are being advertised by sellers as an aid for children with ADHD, autism and anxiety. There is absolutely no proof that this toy helps alleviate those conditions, in fact, there has been no formal study to determine its effectiveness.
Dr. Mark Rapport performed a study in 2015 that found children with ADHD who engaged in “gross body movement” performed better during memory tasks than others who sat still. These are movements that involve limbs or other large parts of the body. Finger spinners do not require such movement.
Rapport told the Daily Mail, “Using a spinner-like gadget is more likely to serve as a distraction than a benefit for individuals with ADHD. Riding a stationary bike while reading or sitting on a movement ball while working at one’s desk, in contrast, allows small (non-distracting) motor movements and would probably prove beneficial for many children with ADHD.”
These toys aren’t just distractions to the user, they’re also distracting people around them. It’s become such a problem that some schools across the country are banning Fidget Spinners. This California teacher took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the toys.
— Gerrell (@gerrell_rms) May 2, 2017
These toys are not harmful to kids, other than sidetracking them from their schoolwork. However, when they are marketed as an aid to people with legitimate medical conditions without proof of effectiveness, it’s crossing the line of integrity. Truth in marketing is essential, especially when dealing with ailing children.