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Children Need to Practice Good Computer Ergonomics, Too
Adapted from the American Chiropractic Association Website

"Emphasis needs to be placed on teaching children how to properly use computer workstations," stated Dr. Scott Bautch, a member of the American Chiropractic Association's Council on Occupational Health. "Poor work habits and computer workstations that don't fit a child's body during the developing years can have harmful physical effects that can last a lifetime. Parents need to be just as concerned about their children's interaction with their computer workstations as they are with any activities that may affect their children's long-term health," added Dr. Bautch.

What can parents do?

To reduce the possibility of your child suffering painful and possibly disabling injuries, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its Council on Occupational Health offer the following tips:

  • If children and adults in your home share the same computer workstation, make certain that the workstation can be modified for each child's use.

  • Position the computer monitor so the top of the screen is at or below the child's eye level. This can be accomplished by taking the computer off its base or stand, or having the child sit on firm pillows or phone books to reach the desired height.
  • Make sure the chair at the workstation fits the child correctly. An ergonomic back cushion, pillow or a rolled-up towel can be placed in the small of the child's back for added back support. There should be two inches between the front edge of the seat and the back of the knees. The chair should have arm supports so that elbows are resting within a 70- to 135-degree angle to the computer keyboard.

  • The child's knees should be positioned at an approximate 90- to 120-degree angle.

  • Reduce eyestrain by making sure there is adequate lighting and that there is no glare on the monitor screen. Use an antiglare screen if necessary.

  • Limit your child's time at the computer and make sure he or she takes periodic stretch breaks during computing time. Stretches can include: clenching hands into fists and moving them in 10 circles inward and 10 circles outward; placing hands in a praying position and squeezing them together for 10 seconds and then pointing them downward and squeezing them together for 10 seconds; spreading fingers apart and then closing them one by one; standing and wrapping arms around the body and turning all the way to the left and then all the way to the right.

  • Your child's muscles need adequate hydration to work properly and avoid injury. Encourage your child to drink four to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Carbonated beverages, juices and other sweet drinks are not a substitute.they actually count against your total.

Finally, start a dialogue with your child about how they feel. Ask your child to report any pain or other problems resulting from carrying a backpack. If there is pain or if you can see imbalances (shoulder height, head tilt, head rotation, sway back), seek care from a doctor of chiropractic or other health care professional.

As we have become more dependent on our computers, and taking them to and from work, the carry-bags that we use are becoming heavier and heavier. These rules apply to adults as well. Alternate shoulders, monitor the weight, padding lessens pressure points on nerves, etc.

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Computer Ergonomics, Too

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