Your body does not move much when using the computer, so you want to make sure you are
sitting comfortably in your chair.
Fitting the Chair to You
If you use adult-sized chairs that raise you up where your feet don't touch the ground
and you can not sit back against the backrest without sticking you feet straight out, then
it surely does not fit you well!
Pillows, pads, boxes, and big books can be used to help make the chair fit you better.
If your feet don't reach the floor, use a footrest, or ask if you can stack up some thick
books or a box under your feet. Pillows and pads can take up all that extra seat room that
your small body does not need. This way you have something to lean back against and your
feet to rest on.
Fitting the Chair to the Computer
If you have a chair that fits you, but the computer is on a table that is too high,
pillows and pads can also be used to help you sit higher if you need to. If that does not
work, try a larger chair or maybe a smaller computer table can be found.
The computer keyboard should be about as high as your belly -- not chest or shoulder
height where you have to reach up to use it. Your arms, shoulder, and neck can get sore
fast if the keyboard is too high for you!
If you don't have any of the problems above, you may be one of the lucky kids that
actually have a chair and computer table that fits! Some schools are making computer
stations just the right size for kids, some are even adjustable -- Imagine that!
Even with the perfect chair and computer table, you need to remember to lean back in
your chair and rest on the backrest when you are typing. Don't slouch or lean forward, as
this is bad on your back! Get into the habit of keeping a good back posture now and it
will be happy for a long time.
But this is not the only thing you need to watch . . .