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Experts warn of technology overload in children

More and more children are growing up in front of computer screens, and experts say that is literally turning into a pain in the neck.

According to a new study, technology overload among the young is leading to neck, back and shoulder ailments.

Researchers found that even before their study began, more than 50 percent of students polled at Boston University were already having pain due to computer usage.

The researchers calculate that given there were about 18 million students enrolled as university undergrads across the country at the time of the study-- fall 2008.

Then there's the potential for 2 and a half million students to develop musculoskeletal problems before they even enter the workforce.

The biggest problem: poorly set up workstations, especially for laptop users. So how do you keep your student pain-free?

When sitting--feet should touch the floor, or a stool, and lower backs should be supported.

When typing--elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle.

The screen should be 18 to 20 inches away from the face.

And experts say, take a break. Every 30 minutes kids should get up and move.


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