by Jenna Snodgrass
Why are Backpacts so Heavy?
"Oh my gosh my back hurts." I say this almost every morning because of my 7 period classes. Not only is it a problem with all my 7 period classes but also because some classes still use books even when we have computers. Backpack weight puts a lot of strain and stress on students after hours of school. Kids shouldnt have to worry about carrying all the weight when they can focus more on their classes and homework.
Now that we have computers we shouldn’t have to use books. They put more weight on our backpacks. They’re also hard to carry around all day without using lockers. Although kids find it better carrying backpacks than carrying books to every class. It’s still hard to carry every book you have in your backpack because of the weight it puts on you. Kids should be able to only carry a computer now instead of a heavy book.
Avon Students Talk About Heavy Backpacks
Many kids find it stressful to carry a heavy backpack. Kids should carry no more than 10 to 15% of their body weight. Many kids complain because of trips they take with their heavy backpacks. Some kids only carry folders in their bags. They also leave their books at home to keep their backpacks from getting to heavy.
Why Use Lockers?
With only 6 minutes during each passing period kids don’t have time to go to their lockers to get their stuff. Some kids are too far away from their lockers to even get to them. Having lockers in high school is harder than what it was in middle school.
Affects of Heavy Backpacks
How to Prevent Back Pains
The Cost of Backpacks
Back packs can cost a lot of money. Backpacks get torn easily because of the amount of weight it has. The books and heavy weight weigh down the corner of the bags causing it to rip or create a hole in it. This is why most kids get a new backpack every year.
Carrying a Heavy Backpack is Like Hittng the Gym
Carrying a heavy backpack is tiring after 7 hours of school. Kids find backpacks very useful because they can carry all their stuff together without having to carry their books or go to their lockers. It’s much easier to carry all your electronics now without using just a locker. But backpacks can still be a pain to some.
Does your backpack give you the support you need? Backpack safety is very important for those who have heavy backpacks. Kids should wear both straps on their shoulders instead of just one. Their straps should be padded and to give support. Kids can create more back problems if they don’t get the right support they need.