Choose a school bag for your child by focusing on its health and safety features, in addition to the design. Here's some tips to help you with your selection.
Rigid school backpacks have a reinforced top flap and a firm shape.
For years 1 to 3
This type of backpack is suitable for older students who do not need the more rigid children's design. However, they adhere to the same health and safety standards as rigid backpacks.
For years 4 to 9
School bag sets allow you to get all the basic school supplies for one price.
Basic equipment in one design
Especially in the early years, children have to carry a lot of textbooks and exercise books on their backs. Therefore, the backpack should be anatomically shaped with a sufficiently padded back. The backpack should also be light. Make sure that that it sits well on your child's back to ensure correct support for the spine.
The shape of the backpack also affects the posture of your child. The backpack should have a taller height than width. This allows it to be better balanced, and also distributes the overall weight of the bag and its content more uniformly.
The width and length of the straps affect how the backpack should be worn. If the straps are padded in the shoulder area, they should have a minimum width of 3cm; otherwise, they should be at least 4cm wide. If the straps are wide enough, that will prevent the straps from digging into your child's shoulders.
As far as the length of the back straps is concerned, it should be at least 70cm. It is also important that the length of the straps be adjustable to your child's individual needs to ensure that the bag sits correctly on the back.
Pay attention to the weight of the bag itself. It must be light enough for your child to carry easily. According to the standard, the weight of the bag must not exceed 1200g for students in the early years and 1400g for those from year 4.
From a safety point of view, it is important for the school bag to be equipped with reflective elements such as bright colours or reflectors. In situations of reduced visibility, it makes the children more visible for greater safety.