Childs Office Chair – Why Your Tot Needs A better Spot to Study
As adults, we already know that ergonomics is beneficial to our bodies, minds, and spirits. We have learned from publications and our very own experiences about the importance of proper posture, effective lighting, and ergonomic furniture. Many of us, however, have not paused to consider how our children can benefit from ergonomics. The fact is that they can and do benefit even more than we do. We just need to find a way to make ergonomics fun and exciting for them and they will do the rest!
Children benefit from ergonomics in 4 major ways: long-term health, movement, lighting, and safety.
Ergonomics can be defined as how an environment supports the natural movement of those who occupy it. Because of this, it is essential for children. Kids need movement. And they need fun. As they move, the neuropathways in their brains connect. An ergonomic environment that empowers their natural movements is extremely beneficial to their development. Teaching and training will be much more effective if you make it fun for them as well as educate them as to why this is so very important.
Ergonomic Tips for Children at the Computer
Many children use the family computer for many hours; but these home workstations are often set up by adults for adults. More than half of the “under-18” population prefers web surfing to watching television. Ergonomic experts, school technology specialists and medical professionals say that incorrect posture at the computer puts kids at risk for wrist, neck, back, and shoulder problems.
Posture: The longer kids sit at a computer, whether it is for gaming, buddy interaction, or FaceTime, the more time their backs are moulded to whatever they sit on. Essentially, a variety of good sitting and standing places that fit their body will keep their bodies flexible and working for their many years of technology ahead.
Sitting: Kids need to sit comfortably on a chair that has an upright solid back support, with legs extended no more than two to four finger lengths from the back of the knee to the end of the chair. There are chairs with shorter seat depth that will make a difference.
Feet: When seated, children’s feet should be in front of the seat and placed flat on the floor. If a child’s legs are dangling, feet should be placed on an object such as a phone book, or step stool that is high enough to get their hips level with their knees and wide enough for their feet to be flat and fully rested on the platform.
Shoulders and Arms: Shoulders and arms should be relaxed. Elbows should be at a 90-degree angle to the body. The mouse should be to the right or left of the keyboard.
Wrists: Wrists should be in a neutral position, not bent up or down and level with elbows.
Keyboard location: Locate the keyboard so that the “B” key lines up with the belly button. Also, keyboard should be flat on the desk or table. Bring the keyboard close to the edge of the desk and the mouse next to it. There are smaller keyboards and mice for smaller hands.
Monitor position: Screens of 17 inches or less should be an arm’s length plus 3 inches away from the fingertips. Screens 19 inches or larger can be placed 5 to 7 inches away from the fingertips. The height of the monitor should be no taller than the centre of forehead, lower if glasses are involved. Notice neck position.
Benefits Of Buying An Adjustable Children’s Chair
Buying furniture for your child’s room is something that often starts before the child is even born. A crib, lamp and other pieces slowly make their way into your child’s room over time, and you purchase furniture according to what they’ll need at any time.
A desk and chair can offer your child a work station, whether they are doodling with crayons or working on a book report. The right chair is important, as your child needs to be comfortable enough to sit until their task is done
As mentioned, being able to feel comfortable in a chair will allow your child to stay on task and get their activity done. As a parent who wants the best for their young one, you might do a lot of research to find out which chair is appropriate for them and which style is the most comfortable for them. An adjustable children’s chair can of course be adjusted, which allows them to position the head and back of the chair in a way that best fits their body. Because you’ve already done your research, you don’t have to rush out to find a new chair every few months to grow with your child; a good adjustable chair will grow with them and fit them well.
Over time, your child’s needs might start to change. Whereas they once needed a small desk for their artwork, for instance, as they grow, they might need more space for their books and homework. Having an adjustable chair will allow you to adjust the height so that whatever type of desk you get for your child over the years, they can be comfortable in their chair and you don’t have to buy a new one every time their needs or tastes change.
- Saving Money
Because you aren’t running out to buy a new chair frequently, you can then take extra money that comes along to spend on additional accessories and pieces for your child’s room.