It is important to find a healthy balance between the time spent online and immersed in technology and the time spent away from technology and being social with family and friends. While sitting at a computer, proper posture helps reduce muscle and skeletal fatigue and potential long-term complications.
Ergonomics addresses the need for work life to fit person, taking special care to limit unhealthy habits and risk factors that could lead to injury on or off the job. Training, identification of problems, early reporting of potential issues, implementing strategic solutions, and following up consistently on its progress are recommended and outlined on the United States Department of Labor website.
Additionally, Healthy Computing specifically addresses correct computer and keyboard placement along with proper chair adjustments and workspace layout. All of these are contributing factors to discomfort and pain. Kimberly Young goes so far to say that too much time in front of the computer on the internet can eventually lead to internet addiction, of which research and treatment is needed.
Digital Health Calendar
Focusing on a healthy balance is important. While outlining and implementing my digital health calendar, I recognized that I had to make adjustments mostly to how I interact with the internet and computer at home. As a teacher, I've chosen to have a standing desk to keep me on my feet and moving. What I recognized that I do and made adjustments for is going home and after winding down for the evening slouching on the couch in front of the TV, using my computer. While I regularly implement healthy habits, my calendar reflects a focus on these adjustments.
It's equally important to consider how students are learning. Are students expected to sit in their seats all day? Are there opportunities to get up and move around. I make efforts to consistently create movement moments in which the kids can stretch, engage in some exercises, or take a quick lap around the school. While more of students' learning is online, there are still plenty of opportunities to break up screen time with diversified learning experiences that extend past the computer.