Families: Sit Right, Study Hard

The Clinton Administration's noble goal of getting every public school online by 2001 has a downside risk. Up to 70% of the nation's 30 million schoolchildren are being given access to computers, but little attention is being paid to the kinds of equipment, including desks and keyboard rests, they are using--and to the potential for injury or even permanent damage. A Cornell University study of elementary schoolchildren found that about 40% of them were in danger of developing serious posture problems and the other 60% had conditions that were cause for concern. Says Professor Alan Hedge, who heads the university's ergonomics...

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