Last year, Consumer Reports sent a survey team to several schools to find out how much weight kids were lifting … in their backpacks. Parents were shocked to learn that of the students surveyed, the average weight hauled by second-graders was 5.3 pounds, fourth-graders carried 4.6 pounds and sixth-graders averaged 18.4 pounds.
To help alleviate some of the back pain and stress, Consumer Reports suggest that parents should keep the following factors in mind:
- Check for good stitching that can hold a decent amount of weight.
- Shoulder straps anchors should be about 1- to 2- inches below the top of the shoulder.
- The bottom of the backpack should go along the curve of the lower back and the backpack itself should not fall more than 4 inches below the waist.