Would you let your daughter wear a "shag band"?
I remember the phase back from the nineties when we all wore them. They were cool. You could swap. If you were really creative you would link two together and wear them like an entirely new bracelet. The more you had the better.
When did they become about sex? I certainly didn't know they were "Shag Bands" when I wore them!
I decided to look them up on facebook and found a page with almost 16,000 members. I also looked at the groups where I found comments such as:
"i gt 76 n where them all 2 skool!xlol"
" I LOVE JLS"
"i gt 47 now n didnt buy any of em gt em of these lads at skool! lol!! x
" i looooove shag bands! they're sik! they're so...err...bright and...err...cheesy? hahaha no they're reely cooool! everyone has got them although i use bobble or just any old bangle thing! hahaha just wanted to fit in a bit thats all !! =)"
"i have loads of elastic silver ones. i like wearin them wid orange cuz they luk so wik"
They are being banned in more and more schools and parents are being urged to confiscate them. I looked up the meanings of each colour (varying on different websites), it is quite shocking that kids as young as 8 even know these words... Although it is quite worrying that these kids are 'pinging' eachothers bracelets and giving them sexual meanings, I very much doubt that they are actually fulfilling the 'requirements' when pinged.
Interesting article though, take a look:
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