So you're among those doing 'school from home'...

Friday, September 11, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

kids on computers using internetPeople remain concerned about the health impacts of children being back at school, but a recent column in USA Today says virtual classes can be a real "pain in the neck."

With many children sitting at a desk and looking at a computer screen, health experts say it's important that children have things at eye level and that parents/guardians ensure there's enough lighting, pay attention to a student's posture, and make sure they take breaks.

Dr. Thomas Benton, a pediatrician in Gainesville, Florida, concurs.

"Each parent needs to come up with their own technique for checking up," Benton tells OneNewsNow. "Parents should also set up a designated place that is quiet for children to do their work and make sure that it's comfortable – not so comfortable they fall asleep, but comfortable so that it doesn't cause any pain or damage to their bones and their muscles."

In fact, a recent column in USA Today describes a "new pandemic" as comprising "school-from-home injuries." It quotes a finding from an online survey earlier this year by the American Chiropractic Association: "92% of chiropractors said patients are reporting more neck, back, or other musculoskeletal issues since the pandemic began. Kids are no exception."

Benton suggests social concerns also come along with virtual learning.

"[Things such as] isolation and depression," says Benton, a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. "It's particularly important that if you're doing the virtual school [route] that you make arrangements for … your child [to] have a chance to interact with his or her peers, and that they have opportunities to let you know if there is a problem."

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