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Backpacks and Back Pain in Children 
Each school year millions of children walk to, from and around school carrying backpacks filled with books and materials. Parents should be aware that overly stressing the back with a heavy backpack could cause back pain in their child. Following a few guidelines and using common sense can help avoid this type of back pain.

Guidelines for Parents Interested in Reducing the Risks of Computer-Related Repetitive Strain Injury in Children, by Deborah Quilter       
Many children are now using computers at home or school or both. Few schools or homes provide proper workstations for children; furthermore, people become injured at "ergonomically correct" workstations every day because of improper posture and technique and sheer overuse of the hands. These injuries tend to be chronic and can worsen over time; they can also greatly impede simple activities of daily living such as dressing, driving and opening doors.

Fitting the Computer Environment to the Child
Protecting Your Child from Repetitive Strain Injuries
Whether it's doing a school report or surfing the Net, your child may be spending lots of hours at the computer. Here's how to protect kids from the injuries that constant use of the computer can cause.

Wired News -- Helping Kids Avoid RSI, by Katie Dean 
Experts stress that parents and educators need to warn children of the
risks of RSI and teach them good work habits while they're young. 

Wired News -- The RSI Generation, by Katie Dean
Forget sleazy porn sites and violent computer games. A more dangerous threat to children these days is the computer itself. When the Clinton administration pledged to have a computer in every classroom, it did not consider the potential harm that Repetitive Strain Injury could have on students, experts say.

Wired News -- 'Nintendo Thumb' Points to RSI, by Claudia Graziano 
With President Clinton planning to wire all of the country's schools, kids may be in for more than just an education: They could be looking at long-term injuries. Researchers at Cornell University find that kids as young as 11 and 12 are at risk of developing repetitive-strain injury, thanks to an increase in classroom computer use and poor ergonomics.


The Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School Students (CergoS) 
The CergoS Web site will show you some simple and affordable ways to make sure that your body is safe and comfortable while using a computer. This project was supported by a grant from the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon OSHA. All material at this Web site is free to everyone and can be reproduced.

KidsHealth is the mighty Web site devoted to the health of children and teens. Created by the medical experts at The Nemours Foundation, KidsHealth has trainloads of accurate, up-to-date information about growth, food & fitness, childhood infections, immunizations, lab tests, medical and surgical conditions, and the latest treatments.

ErgoAnswers: Kids Ergonomics

ErgoStar Software for Public Schools Teaching Grades K-12 
The Starfield Group, Inc. is offering its ergonomic adjustment software free to K-12 schools in the United States.  The easiest way to make it available to every student, regardless of computer type or operating system, is to put it on the Internet.. They encourage students to use this software as often as necessary to arrange their computer work areas at school and at home to increase their comfort and minimize the potential for injury.

The Body Action Campaign
This charitable organisation aims to teach children how to avoid the pain of RSI and other
Upper Limb Disorders.

The Effect of Computer Workstation Design on Student Posture and
Computer Task Performance: Children Grades Six and Eight

Kathryn Laeser, Lorraine Maxwell, Kathleen Gibson, and Alan Hedge
Cornell University, Dept. DEA

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Last Updated: 01/18/02