Limit Computer Time for Children
         

Children's health and computers

 
Like many other things computers may have negative impact on health. Children are especially vulnerable, because of their limited health-care self-awareness and their natural addiction to something so interesting as a computer.
It is a duty of parents to minimize the negative impact of computer. Here is a list of most common health risks and their countermeasures.
 
     
  Health risks Countermeasures
     
 

Eye strain

Dry eyes

Headache

Blurred vision

 

Encourage your children to blink more often. The best way is to step away from the computer screen for a minute, look at a distant object and blink. Check the feature Blinking Reminder in Children's Care software.
 
 
Taking a 5 minute break every 20-30 minutes is essential. The pause will make your children step aside from the computer, relax their eyes and improve their overall condition. Check the feature Regular Breaks of Children's Care software.
 
 
Adjust the display settings and make sure the brightness of the display is almost the same as the work environment. Forbid your children to use the computer when room lights are off.
 
 
Eliminate too bright sources of light to prevent reflection on the screen. To eliminate daylight use curtains or blinds. Do not shut down the external light completely - just make sure it is not too bright.
     
   
   
 

Back pain

Neck pain

Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

 

Find an ergonomic chair that will keep your child's body at the right height. Ideally if the position and height of all tools is the right one (including the chair, desk, keyboard, mouse, monitor) everything will come almost naturally and will require little attention from your children to keep the position right. Check the feature Computer Posture Reminder of Children's Care software.

Chair & desk - The chair should support upper and lower back of your children and allow their feets to be firmly placed. The height of the desk is not so important as long as the chair compensate it. A chair with adjustable height is the perfect choice.

Monitor - The upper corner of the monitor should be at the same height as the eyes

Keyboard & Mouse - The keyboard and the mouse should be at a height and distance from the body, avoiding any tension in wrists or elbow. Make sure your children are not holding the mouse tightly.

Step back and look at your child while using the computer. If you feel that everything in his/her body is relaxed and natural than probably everything is fine. If you feel tension or that something is not right, find what is the reason and correct it.

Encourage your children to take regular breaks. A short exercise during the break can have an enormous positive effect. Check the feature Regular Breaks of Children's Care software.

     
     

Taking the countermeasures is not much more difficult than doing nothing. A simple start is to set time limits for the computer usage and regular breaks.