According to BBC NEWS | UK | England, the toy obsession has been prohibited in schools. A Merseyside school has banned one of the UK's best-selling toys due to concerns that it may cause harm. The Beyblade, which is meant to be launched on the ground, was the most desired product for Christmas 2002. It is a plastic model kit that comes with a set of building blocks and a special magnet tool. Students at St Mary's College, Liverpool, were asked to bring in their old toys this summer to be recycled or donated.
The news article mentioned that some children have suffered eye injuries when playing with the Beyblade. There have also been cases where kids have swallowed the magnets inside the toy.
In fact, the British Toy Retailers Association (BRTA) has sent out letters to all head teachers in the country warning them about the dangers of Beyblades. The association says that several cases of children choking to death on magnetic balls are being reported every year. The BRTA has also written to the government asking that they ban the sale of Beyblades in retail shops. However, so far there has been no official response from any government agency.
It is not known exactly how many Beyblades are sold in the UK each year, but estimates range from 500,000 to 1 million. They are particularly popular with young boys.
Many schools prohibited the playground game "British Bulldog" owing to worries about the risk it posed. Although no national or legislative ban was imposed, many schools concerned for the safety of students who participated in such a violent game.
The game involves two players - called the "bull" and the "dog" - who take it in turns to hit each other as hard as they can. The dog starts by standing with its legs wide apart and swinging its arms in an arc above its head. The bull then approaches from behind and tries to knock the dog over by hitting it on the back of the head or neck.
There are several variations of this classic children's game. For example, sometimes one player calls out warnings before he/she is hit, giving the other player time to move away. Sometimes there are rules regarding where you can and cannot be hit. And sometimes one player is allowed to punch back if he/she is hit.
These games often cause serious injuries. Because of this reason, many schools prohibited the playground game "British Bulldog". However, like most other violence against people in games, this action was entirely unnecessary. These games could have been modified in any number of ways to make them safer without removing their appeal for some children. For example, the dog could be allowed to defend itself by punching back if it is hit hard enough.
Scientists discovered hazardous quantities of toxic chemicals in popular children's toys known as "squishies" in Denmark. The soft toys, which are composed of PU foam, are Japanese in origin but have acquired appeal among UK youngsters in the last year. They can be dyed different colors and adorned with embroidery or sequins.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that the squishies contained high levels of phthalates, chemical compounds used to soften plastic, and lead from aging battery components. Phthalates have been linked to developmental problems, obesity, and respiratory diseases; lead is a neurotoxin. The researchers said they were concerned about the amount of lead found in some samples of the toys; lead poisoning is a serious health problem for infants and toddlers because their brains are still developing.
The study authors advised parents not to let young children play with toys containing phthalates because of these chemicals' potential harm to the brain and other organs. They also recommended that lead-containing batteries should not be placed in household waste bins but instead should be taken to local recycling centers.
Denmark has one of the world's highest rates of childhood cancer; scientists suspect this may be due to the presence of toxic substances in the environment. According to the study, Denmark had the highest rate of childhood leukemia of any country included in the analysis.