We see so many school bags at the mall. Most are big, colorful and attractive to our kid’s eyes because the bags are designed with their favorite cartoon character or perhaps it has special features like its functionality because it comes with a stroller or with a free lunch bag.
Parents usually let their kids choose their own bag, right? And most of us are not aware on the health hazards bags could cause to our kids. Like its effect to our kids posture and development of their spinal ligaments and muscles.
My son used stroller bags before he opted to use a backpack last school year. He asked for it since most of his classmates used the same. You know how kids deal with fad in school.
Because he has a lot of books and other school supplies, I noticed that he was not at ease carrying his backpack, however, he continued using it. We let him have his backpack, but we bought another bag and separated his other school supplies.
In that way, we helped him ease the burden on his back caused by his heavy books and school supplies.
I learned from Dr. Gia Sison, in a television interview, that children should not carry backpacks more that 10 to 20 percent of their weight.
I’d also like to share to you about GMA NewsTV tips on buying school bags to make sure these suit children:
And yes, if you are not yet aware, there is a Senate Bill 2179 which deals with limiting the weight of bags being carried by children to school. It was authored by Senator Lito Lapid.
You might think about the bill as simple, but I believe it has a great impact on our kids health and welfare.