In the age of the network computer, it seems crazy for school kids to be lugging round heavy backpacks. Backpacks are much better for the health of their backs than the big canvas/vinyl sports bags that we used in our days – which may have played some role in the scoliosis in my back.
But it’s amazing what some of these things weigh. We spend a fair bit of time making trips to pick our kids up and convey them places which we’d not make if they didn’t have such heavy bags to lug.
My daughter has the worst of it as she has to add a 2 kilo laptop to all her books. The whole thing is silly as it would be cheaper and more sensible for her to have a computer at home and one at school and to conduct all her work on the internet.
A very slow legal timebomb for schools. As concerned parents we rang WorkCover to ask for their advice on do’s and don’ts of these things, and they said it was not their department and that they couldn’t think of anyone in government we could ring. No doubt there is someone, perhaps deep inside the education department, but judging by our experience they’re not easy to find.
Time for a ‘national strategy’ I think.