Aside from the standard list of school supplies that students use in the duration of the school year, an important item that every student uses is a schoolbag. Among the different types of school bags now available in the market to choose from, the most popular are children’s backpacks which have been used by most, if not all, students worldwide. Today, these items can also be purchased in a huge array of types and designs that choosing the best one is often a tedious task.
There are a number of reasons why children’s backpacks are the most popular types of bags children use in school. Primary among these is the fact that these bags can accommodate more supplies compared with other types of bags. Moreover, despite the weight of the supplies carried in the bag, they can still be carried easier as they distribute the bag’s weight across the back. However, it is important to carefully choose the best type of backpack to use as a number of cases of back pains and injuries relating to the use of overloaded bags have been reported among elementary and junior high students.
There are several things that one needs to consider when choosing a backpack. One of the most important things to look at is the bags size. Be sure that the bag is proportionate to the kid’s body size. Bag’s which are too large may hinder the child’s movement which may lead to accidents. Smaller bags on the other hand may be easier to carry but may not be able to accommodate all the stuff your kids need to bring. A properly fitted backpack will rest 1 to 2 inches below the shoulders and about 2 inches above the waistline. It should be slightly smaller than your child’s back.
Another important thing to check with a child’s backpack is the weight of the bag. The bag should be lightweight. Get backpacks that are made of the most durable yet lightweight material you can possibly buy. Lightweight material such as cotton or nylon is best for younger children. The material used should also be non-toxic. Several bag models these days, especially ones made of polyvinyl chloride (also called vinyl) are discovered to contain toxic substances which can be hazardous to the child’s health.
Among the safety features, on the other hand, that should be checked when shopping for children’s backpack are the straps-they should be able to distribute the weight of the bag evenly on the shoulders, hence should be wide and cushioned. Also, to prevent the pack from flopping around, and hence, stabilize the contents of the bag, it is recommended to look for a bag with waist straps. Lastly, after singling out the bags that passed the previously enumerated criteria, one should then decide on the bag’s design. It is important to consider the personality of the child who will be using the bag when deciding on this factor.
Children’s backpacks are indeed important items in any student’s school life. Today, these items can be purchased in a huge variety of types, materials, and designs. As such, it is important to carefully choose among these options the best one your children would use.
Keira Michaels is a mom of a second grade boy. Among the things that Keira ensures before her kids go to school is the weight of her children’s backpack or “Schulranzen” as it’s called in German.