Tips for Parents
As we all spend increasing hours at our computers, ergonomic issues become even more important. Here are a few things for you and your student to keep in mind as you stay healthy in this technological age:
• Make sure the top of your monitor is at or just below eye level
• Keep your head and neck balanced and in-line with your torso
• Relax your shoulders
• Keep elbows close to your body and supported
• Support your lower back
• Have wrists and hands in-line with your forearms
• Make adequate room for your keyboard and mouse
• Keep your feet flat on the floor
By getting into better ergonomic habits, you and your student can continue Instant Messaging and emailing without pain and discomfort.
For a detailed checklist that you can use to assess your computer workstation, go to www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/checklist.html.
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), nearly 80 percent of those working at a computer for more than two hours a day suffer from the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Symptoms include:
• loss of focus
• burning/tired eyes
• double/blurred vision
• neck and shoulder pains
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