Ok, so I feel like a fraud. After writing about my internal struggle about my daughter’s computer taking over my mama desk in Little Miss Techie, my husband informed me that the computer had not yet arrived from grandma. Grandma has to suck her data off of the old machine and onto her new laptop. After that, we’ll want to pimp out the computer in a way to make it child friendly.
Pimp out a computer to make it child friendly? How do you do that??? It’s all about ergonomics.
You may be thinking that ergonomics only applies to adults and our struggle against Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Children are just as susceptible to eye strain, repetitive stress injury, bad posture, and the multitude of computer-related injuries as adults. In fact, they are probably more at risk due to the size of their bodies.
My daughter is a poster child of bad ergonomics at my computer. Her little legs dangle from my seat when her feet should be placed firmly on the floor. Or she sits on her knees. She alternates between craning her neck to read what is on the screen or sitting too close to it because the monitor is too high for her. And the mouse is way too big for her little hands.
When the hand-me-down computer arrives from grandma, there will be some serious reconfiguring of the mama desk to make it a child-friendly workspace.
Now if we could just figure out a way to keep Little Miss Techie’s 18 month old brother from banging on the keyboard and staring into the red light on the bottom of the mouse we’d be golden!
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