It was a few weeks ago on the BBC Breakfast News that I heard about “shag bands” , but at that time in the morning they were struggling to say the real name for them until one of the guests who ran a website selling them named them.
In the couple of weeks leading up the story on the news the “shag bands” had been entering primary schools which caused general outrage when teachers and parents found out what they were and has ended up them being a banned product. The only problem was that the kids just like them for what they are… multi coloured jelly bracelets.
There is more to these bracelets than meets the eye and it’s to do with the colour as each one has a different meaning, and when you snap one that belongs to someone else you have to carry out an act from hugging, to kissing, to sex and everything in between and beyond depending on the colour.
On Friday Miles, my 9 year old, pulled out of his pocket when he was getting ready for the bath an orange jelly bracelet. I spied it and acted curious and a bit dumb and asked “What’s that?”. Without a second thought Miles replied, “It’s a shag band”. To hear the word “shag” come out of his mouth shocked me, and then I started asking what they were, only to be told about the snapping of the bracelets and depending on the colour you have to do something. Black is the one to watch out for apparently as that means “you have to get in bed with the other person”!
After this little discovery, I had to put my serious parenting cap on to firstly explain that they mustn’t say “shag” and that these will soon be banned in school once the teachers find them. But going back to my earlier comment, that even though the kids knew the meaning of them, and had renamed them the “multicoloured bracelets” they still wanted some … not to snap or for the meaning that has sprung up around them, but because they are colourful and kids like jelly bracelets.