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Lighten Up The Heavy Backpack of Children

November 17, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.20   Views: 406

World is to celebrate the Universal Children's Day. We all love children. They are the future. We wish that the children should be groomed and educated properly. But our over anxiety has made children carry the burden of the whole world on their little backs.


India celebrated The Children's Day on November 14 and the Universal Children's Day will be celebrated on November 20, initiated by United Nations. There can be no doubt that every parent is anxious to see their child at top. Parents, especially Indian parents, want their children to go to the best schools which only, as they believe, can assure their bright future. This over-ambition is forcing the children experience a kind of concentration-camp life. The Indian children long to be free and be treated like children. Their backs experience heavier burdens than their counterparts.

Children carrying heavy backpacks

It is very common to see children, especially in the urban areas, carrying heavy loads of books and other things to school. The Times Of India recently reported that most of the school students carried around 30 percent of their body weight in their school bags everyday. Today many children face physical, social and psychological problems because of this heavy weight. Parents, teachers or others do not seem to realize the evil consequences of this carrying heavy burden. The children have to carry the same things everyday as a kind of punishment.

Adverse results of this weight carrying

If a child is forced carry such burden for a long time it will affect the body and mind of the child. This will naturally affect its whole future life, though it may seem to be successful for sometime in the beginning.

Physical problems that follow

1) In the long run, the child will be facing physical problems like backache, headache, ligament tear. The abnormal load of the bag will give pressure on discs between vertebrae which in due course will cause back-pain.

2) It will be impossible for a child to stand in a correct posture when he or she is carrying such a burden every day. That is one of the main reasons why Indians develop back pain in a very early age.

3) While carrying a heavy backpack ,if the children happen to arch their back, bend forward, twist or lean to one side it will have serious consequences on spine and brain.

4) Heavy backpacks also place stress on tender muscles and soft tissues of children. This will cause fatigue and strain. It will also increase the risk of neck, shoulder and back injuries and even damage the nerves.

5) Dr. Raymond Liu, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at University Hospitals says, "If the child is straining or slouching, that is a sign the pack is too heavy". He suggests that the children should lighten the load by not carry any unnecessary items in their packs.

A Children's Day Appeal

It is very necessary to think of the children's health. Education should not be commercialized by making it an investment to gain money afterwards. Education in India has become an investment of creating children as money-yielding trees. Let parents and others lighten up the heavy backpack of the children so that their personality may grow up really healthy.


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