Backpack Safety Tips
Backpacks are a great way for your child to cart around books, homework, lunch, and other school items. Backpacks are better than messenger bags because they require the strongest muscles—the abdomen and back—to carry the weight. When buying a pack, look for thick, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. Instruct your child to always use both straps, and to load the bag so that the contents are evenly distributed. Encourage your child to carry only the things she needs back and forth from home to school so she keeps the load light. A backpack should never be more than 15% of your child’s weight.