Voices Of Youth

View fidget gadgets as tools, not toys

Fidget gadgets are sensory tools that can help students, especially those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to improve concentration during lessons.

Instead of imposing a ban on these gadgets in classrooms, checks and balances can be introduced to ensure that they are used appropriately (Fidget toy not allowed in some classrooms; May 22).

These gadgets should be framed as tools that aid in learning, rather than as toys.

Teachers can set explicit guidelines on how and when students should be using these gadgets.

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This will reduce the possibility of students using them inappropriately, for instance, as a weapon.

Parents should also keep a lookout when their children are using such gadgets to ensure that they do not pose a safety hazard.

Additionally, the purpose of fidget gadgets should be made clear to parents and students, ensuring that they are bought only when necessary, and not out of peer pressure.

The introduction of fidget gadgets is certainly a step in the right direction.

Challenges would inevitably arise from allowing their use.

Nonetheless, with appropriate measures, the use of fidget gadgets would benefit students.

Lee Wei Xin, 15, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2017, with the headline 'View fidget gadgets as tools, not toys'. Print Edition | Subscribe