Backpacks And Folders

Backpacks for School Are Bad for Children’s Health?
The education weight’ might be far too heavy to carry for small shoulders of our children. On the eve of the reopening of the schools it will light the inevitable ‘controversy’ on the heaviness and the sustainability of the backpacks. Designer, colorful, anonymous, trolley or bag, backpacks are the pass to the beginning of the school year and can sometimes put at risk the health of your back.
The latest figures speak volumes: a study of the University of Bologna observes that 40% of children between 10 and 15 years bears weighs about eight pounds or more, a weight that varies between 20 and 30% more compared to their body weight.
A really impressive weight that is perhaps even badly distributed on the back due to an inadequate shape of the backpack or its misuse. The debate remains open year after year. It dates back to 2005 of the Decalogue ADOC who, along with Codacons, stressed how important it was to set limits to the ” weight of the culture ” and provide important information about the’ proper use of the backpack.
How to Choose a Backpack for School?
First attention to the pack when buying: must have preferably the straight-backed, be equipped with wide and adjustable shoulder straps, have a small belt that can be fixed at the waist, also be trolley so it can be towed if necessary and have woven, seams and good quality vintage accessories. The maximum weight that can bring her back to a small pupil is two pounds for the children of the first years of primary and 4 pounds for the children of the fifth.
It still important to note the physical structure and skeleton of the child and according to it regulate about the load of the backpack that, in any case, as indicated by the National Health Council, must not exceed 10-15% of the weight of child.
But How Do You Use the Backpack Properly?
First, it is important to know the main indications for filling it properly :
Arrange the weights in a balanced manner by placing the heaviest books on the bottom and the lighter ones on top
Do not fill the backpack in width but the height
Avoid putting unnecessary things
Compact well the content and properly close the zipper to prevent the contents from moving while walking.
Also it is good to fix properly the straps so as not to put too much weight on one shoulder than the other, and to prevent the backpack helmets far beyond the well and make more use of the waist belt fixing the bag to the body.
Children need to know the basic rules to prevent the backpack causes back problems:
Do not run with backpackers because sudden weight changes on the back are not good
Do not pull a comrade to the backpack;
Do not wear the backpack for more than 15 minutes;
Do not carry it on one shoulder except for short distances
Do not lift suddenly and abruptly
Wear bending his knees and wearing it on the table and then, tilting his back, knocking on the shoulders keeping it against your back with your hands. The problem of excessive weight of the backpacks do not seem to be heard only in our house, but also elsewhere since the scholar Lawrence Rome of the University of Pennsylvania has developed, now four years ago, a backpack model so innovative to allow to carry on his shoulder six pounds without hearing them. The backpack is like hanging on your shoulders, thanks to the elastic bands, similar to those used for bungee jumping, which absorb weight.
But be careful not to demonize the backpacks or do with it too big a problem: pediatricians of Bambino Jesus Hospital in Rome dampen alarmism and recall that worst of the weight of the backpacks and posture errors does the sedentary lifestyle. After months at sea or playing outdoors, children are preparing to live another season at sign of inactivity, the television, the video games and computers. Instead it would be advisable to exploit the long summer wave of enthusiasm and program with children in sports activities at least two or three times a week.