5 Tips for Proper Back Pack Wearing
1. Make sure your child's back pack fits their size. If you have a smaller child, they should not be wearing a back pack that is made for an adult. I see too many times a child caring a back pack that would fit me. The length of the back pack should not be longer then the length of your child's torso. Also the larger the back pack the more stuff they can fit into it.
2. Make sure you child's back pack is no more than 10% of their body weight. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons stated that a child that carries more than 20% of their body weight subjects their spine to serious problems as they develop. If your child's back pack is too heavy they will roll their shoulders forward to support the weight causing poor posture.
3. Encourage your child to wear their back pack on both shoulders. Find a back pack with padded straps that are wide and adjustable. Across the shoulder bags are not acceptable for the heavy loads of books children carry, especially as they get older. Gone should be the days of one shoulder carrying...we're not in the 90s anymore.