Back to school: Backpack Safety

Back to school: Backpack Safety

CSRA (WFXG) - Students in the CSRA will be returning to school very soon. One of the essentials on the 'back to school' list is backpacks. It is important to choose a back pack that is best for your child.

Sometimes a kids book bag can become weighed down with binders and books they carry. A good rule of thumb, if the bag makes a loud thump when it drops to the floor, chances are the bag is too heavy and students may need to lighten the load.
The American Chiropractic Association says a child's backpack should not weigh more than 10% of their body weight. For instance, if your kid weighs 80 pounds, their book bag should not be more than eight pounds. Heavy book bags can be damaging to kids bodies long term and cause back pain, shoulder pain, as well as poor posture.
Parents should talk to kids about what they choose to pack in their bags daily. If certain books are not needed for studying or homework, they should keep them in their school cubby or locker.  Also, teach your kids the correct way to wear a backpack.
According to KidsHealth, improper backpack use can lead to bad posture. The correct way to wear a backpack is to make sure the weight is evenly distributed across the body.  If kids are unable to do so, then chances are the bag is too heavy and items need to be taken out.
Keep in mind, when you are selecting a bag to get one that has shoulder padding and straps that can be fitted to your child's body. Make sure the bag is not wider or longer than their torso and make sure it does not hang more than four inches below the waist. If the backpack does hang too low, more weight and strain is put on the shoulder and can cause your child to lean forward while walking.

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