Cornell University Ergonomics Web

 Children and Computing

Younger and younger children are using a home computer. Often these young children are sitting in a chair with their legs and feet dangling and they are using a keyboard and mouse in an awkward posture because they are sitting too low. Young children need a chair that raises them to the correct height for computer use, provides a stable platform for their feet and allows them to sit comfortably.

As the child grows they will use computers in other locations, such as at school. Whatever the age of the child, wherever they use a computer and whether it is a desktop or a laptop, the underlying ergonomic principle of working in a neutral posture will still allow them to use their computer safely and comfortably.

The following items give further guidance on the principle of neutral posture for children.