Most kids will have gone back to school last week, which prompts the morning news and health TV shows to once again bring up children’s health and well-being at school. In the news the last couple of weeks there has been the debate over heavy school backpacks and the number of books and clothes kids may be required to carry each day.
APA physiotherapists have warned parents to stop worrying solely about the weight of their child’s backpack and instead pay equal attention to times before and after school where they are watching television on the couch, or using a computer or mobile device.
Of greater concern to your child’s physical wellbeing is screentime. This year keep an eye on how much time your kids spend inside with a screen. Physiotherapists are increasingly seeing cases of “tablet neck”; kids with neck pain from looking down at a mobile screen. Just like anything, moderation is key. If you need advice on how to get your child sitting properly talk to us, we can help.