Your body does not move much when using the computer, so you want to
make sure you are sitting comfortably in your chair.
Fitting the Chair to You
If you use adult-sized chairs that raise you up where your feet don't
touch the ground and you can not sit back against the backrest without
sticking you feet straight out, then it surely does not fit you well!
Pillows, pads, boxes, and big books can be used to help make the chair
fit you better. If your feet don't reach the floor, use a footrest, or ask
if you can stack up some thick books or a box under your feet. Pillows and
pads can take up all that extra seat room that your small body does not
need. This way you have something to lean back against and your feet to
Fitting the Chair to the Computer
If you have a chair that fits you, but the computer is on a table that
is too high, pillows and pads can also be used to help you sit higher if
you need to. If that does not work, try a larger chair or maybe a smaller
computer table can be found.
The computer keyboard should be about as high as your belly -- not
chest or shoulder height where you have to reach up to use it. Your arms,
shoulder, and neck can get sore fast if the keyboard is too high for you!
If you don't have any of the problems above, you may be one of the
lucky kids that actually have a chair and computer table that fits! Some
schools are making computer stations just the right size for kids, some
are even adjustable -- Imagine that!
Even with the perfect chair and computer table, you need to remember to
lean back in your chair and rest on the backrest when you are typing.
Don't slouch or lean forward, as this is bad on your back! Get into the
habit of keeping a good back posture now and it will be happy for a long
But this is not the only thing you need to watch . . .