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A hidden danger? We investigate why some schools are banning loom bands

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Loom bands

We don't know about you but we've got loom bands coming out of our ears. They're littering our living room floor, being woven around our wrists unawares, we've even had a few fired at us, catapult style.


Apart from the fact that they have become somewhat of a nuisance - mainly due to the sheer volume of the things - we thought they were relatively harmless fun. In fact, they remind us of the sort of toy craze more familiar to our own childhoods (remember Cat's Cradles, and yoyos?) in their simplicity than the techy, ludicrously expensive gadgets which most kids are chewing our ears off for these days.


They might even be a good thing, really. They're inexpensive, simple, encourage creativity and kids can share and swap them at school, they can even make them as gifts for their friends and family. They certainly beat having your kids staring at a screen all day inside.


 Kate Middleton was spotted wearing a Loom Band during her time in New Zealand


However, looms are receiving some negative press, after a little boy was found to have fallen asleep with two of the tiny bands over his fingers. The circulation had been restricted long enough for his fingers to have turned blue. Thankfully, the boy's mother went in to check on him not too long after and managed to get the bands off in time.


Staffordshire GP, Dr Anne-Marie Houlder has spoken out about the potenital harm the bands can cause, she said:


‘They could be a choking hazard or cause circulatory problems if children swallow or wrap them round their fingers for any length of time. Parents need to be aware of the potential dangers if children are left unattended.'

 

 Loom bands have really taken off in recent months, especially after several celebrities, like David Beckham, here pictured at Wimbledon 2014, have been seen wearing the bracelets.


And now lots of schools are banning the bands. As with any craze, they have been reported to cause playground fall-outs, mainly due to kids copying each other's designs - god forbid - and some naughty individuals have used the bands as catapults in lessons.


For example, Willand School and Clyst St Mary Primary School in Devon have banned the hobby during school hours. Children who arrive at school with the loom-making equipment or wearing the bands are asked to leave them in their bags until school's over.


What do you think to the craze? Loom it or hate it (sorry)? And do you think it's right that  schools are banning them? Let us know in a comment below.

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Kev

why oh why are kids being banned from bringing that deaded word, Looms into School, nowdays we are wrapping our kids up in cotton wool, not allowed to play on swings or slides, and forget about the Roundabout they are dangerous, so is walking down the road, let kids be kids, if they drop a sweet let them pick it up and eat it, we did when we were kids, everything nowdays is all about being over the top clean, quick dissenfect their hands they touched a Tree or a Seat or, no I could name 1000 things but you get the idea, people wonder why their Kids are unable to shake off a cold or a slight infection, simple let them play in the dirt, climb trees just let them be a normal Kid, I could go on and on about what I did as a kid growing up in the 60's onwards, and I let my grandchildren be kids, I encourage them to play and get dirty, pick Blackberries and eat them as we walk down the road. Get real people, Looms are safe if your Kids know what not to do, and how many of you have educated them about it, I bet not many and lets wait for the next craze whatever it may be, if we are in time we can ban it before it gets too the Kids. Wait for all the negative comments to appear.

Muscari

Oh Please!!!! Come on people... risk - be it a little one is something we should be TEACHING our children. Thank you for some sense Dave. Elastic bands potentially could do the same 'harm' if harm be what we are talking about. Children fall over things so should we ban everything they could fall over? Children tie things around themselves - should we ban everything that one can tie around oneself??? This 'doctor' needs a reality check, the more we take out of a child's world that they have to negotiate risk, the less they will be able to handle life risks. The big world has far more potentially dangerous things - sorry, going on a bit now, but since moving to Sweden and seeing what they provide - on purpose, for children to negotiate in their school playgrounds to develop a child's 'risk' ability, fills me with hope for the next generation. They are even allowed to climb trees in the summer in the wood next to their school at break times - no, there is never a tall barbed wire fence between school and wood, AND they are ALLOWED to develop an iced slide to slide on in their playground, in fact they are encouraged to enjoy their environment in all weathers. They fall and bruise themselves, breaking an arm has also been known, but that child loves sliding on ice and down slopes at 70' angle. They are just more cautious about how they do it next time. Oh, they learnt something! Like how to 'be' and exist in your environment!

sense and sensibility!

How do they learn? Teach them! Teach them at school. Teach them at home. But don't just take the "easy option" of removing everything simply because of our own paranoia. These Loom bands are fantastic. they are in such wide use, they need to be embraced, not banned. The BBC even ran a section in their Breakfast prog about schools making world record bands! That's the positive way to approach these things. And why is the media so intent on suggesting that Kate and David and other 'celebs' had something to do with their success. Utter rubbish! Looms bands were already a massive craze, they just happened to go along with it. Nothing wrong with that, just wish the media would stop trying to manipulate people into believing things are not as they are. Keep looming!

dawn

Its down to responsible parenting i certainly dont allow my children to have them in their bedrooms its not the loom bands that are dangerous its the stupidity of the adults

despair4rfuture

That's simply ridiculous and the epitome of 'nanny-ism' gone mad. Anything flicked in someone's eye may cause blindness so should you ban all objects because they are a potential projectile!?!? Sounds like the sort of school that has banned ball games unless foam balls are used. That's right kids, don't play games or be creative if there's any risk whatsoever, even if injury is only likely to be caused through misuse. Pathetic!

northolt999

its good they are being banned from schools. one school in my area had many incidents of them being flicked in eyes causing kids to go home meaning they are banned any body found with a band on or with a bag of the bands have the band cut off their arm and thrown in the bin and any bag of bands are being disposed off and the students get a positive resolution meeting after school

Lisa Heys

not all children are capable of being educated and no matter how many times you tell them the dangers and ask them to clear up after themselves they still leave them lying around to be potential hazards to others.

Dave (50)

Banning Loom Bands - whatever next? - Yes they're a nuisance to clear up, could take someone's eye out if used as a weapon, choke a baby, amputate your puppy's tail - but why ban them? A school is supposed to be an educational establishment; EDUCATE the children on the hazards & promote creativity with them, if not at school, as a homework project. Why not? - they're hardly hand-grenades!

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