Friday, August 10, 2007

Ergonomics for Children:Back-to-School Tips

A good reminder for kids this school year ...

"Consider purchasing equipment made for children: smaller desks, chairs, keyboards and mice are available specifically sized for children.

Computer Set-ups:

1. Consider purchasing equipment made for children: smaller desks, chairs, keyboards and mice are available specifically sized for children.

2. Raise or lower the chair so the child can reach the keyboard and type with straight wrists.

3. Avoid “perching” at the front of the chair. The lower back should be supported with the seat back. There should be 1-2 inches between the back of the knee and the front of the seat pan.

4. Shoulders should be relaxed, and elbows should form a ninety-degree bend while typing.

5. Feet should be planted firmly on the ground or on a footrest. If the chair has been raised in order to reach the keyboard, use a footrest to raise the child’s feet enough to create a ninety-degree bend at the knee.

6. Wrists should be straight when typing, and not resting on a wrist rest.

7. Mice should be located on the same level as the keyboard, and as close to the keyboard as possible."    (Continued via HealthNewsDigest)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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