Virtual learning posture for kids has not been widely explored. This is true even though ergonomics has been exhaustively covered when it comes to adults. Whether your child is doing e-learning in front of a laptop or doing hard copy assignments at a desk, it is important for them to maintain a good posture. This may be difficult. Many families may not have furniture that fits well for children. In this article, I will cover 3 tips to help your children adopt the ideal posture to study at home.
Now is the time to help children care about their posture. Helping them to understand WHY sitting properly while learning is important may help them do so. Proper posture helps to protect a child’s growing spine so your child can feel and perform better. New science shows that the healthier the nerves are flowing from your spine, the better your brain works. So, it is twice as important to have good posture. Also, sitting properly reduces the plethora of musculoskeletal problems that cause headaches, back, and neck pain.
Below are some guidelines and 3 tips for parents to achieve the ideal posture for children during home-based learning. We also share tips on setting up your child’s workstation to improve their at-home learning environment.
Furniture for Proper Virtual Learning Posture for Kids
Children should sit at a desk while learning at-home. Many kids, especially teenagers will want to slouch around on their laptops in their beds. It is best that they sit up, positioned well at a desk. The desk should have a keyboard tray so that their body can be in the proper position.
Most furniture is built for adults and thus, not built to suit a child’s proportion. A desk that is too high can put the child’s elbow and wrist in an awkward and stressed position. A desk that is too low can cause your child to instinctively hunch over to type on the computer. This leads to poor posture over time and may result in more serious chronic aches and pain involving the neck and back.
One great option is to install an adjustable work-station. This may be vital if multiple people are sharing a desk. Just like repositioning a car seat while driving, fixing your chair and computer height can help your child work better for longer periods of time, and not experience pain.
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Now, this rule is the best when it comes to properly arrange yourself for a solid day’s work. The ideal seated posture for children should follow the ‘90-90-90’ rule. Your child’s elbows, hips, and knees each should be in a rested 90-degree angle. This means that the height of your child’s workstation should be at the same level as their elbow. For young children, it may be necessary to raise the height of the chair to achieve the ideal seated posture. A foot support or stool should be provided if your child’s feet are dangling mid-air and not resting flat on the floor. Your child’s chair should support their back also. If they need more support you can place a pillow behind their low back for better at-home learning posture.
The primary guideline for proper screen height is that the top of the computer screen should be parallel to your child’s eye level. This reduces the need to constantly look up and down, which reduces the risk of a neck strain.
If your child is using a laptop, get a separate keyboard and mouse so that the laptop screen can be raised. The keyboard and mouse can be comfortably positioned on the keyboard tray in the 90-degree position. The laptop screen can be raised to an appropriate height using a portable laptop stand or by placing a pile of books under the laptop to prop it up.
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This at-home learning period could be a great opportunity to develop good postural habits for your child. The time will be well spent as you bring them closer to an ideal posture. This habit will follow them through and help them feel and perform better across their whole life. Pain can be avoided by regular visits to our doctors. Science shows that Chiropractic adjustments help your child’s brain function better. Especially if your child is experiencing back pain or neck pain, contact our team of skilled doctors below to book an appointment.