Kids using iPads at risk of chronic pain later in life

first_imgNZ Herald 27 July 2015Children who spend more than 30 minutes on their iPads in one sitting could be sowing the seeds for chronic neck and back pain later in life, experts have warned.Research suggests that hunching over electronic devices at a young age can entrench bad habits which will cause musculoskeletal issues in adulthood.Stephanie Cassidy, a Melbourne-based ergonomist and occupational therapist, said children should only spend a maximum of half an hour in a fixed position before moving again.Despite this, researchers at Curtin University, Australia, have found many families are allowing children to spend an hour or more on their tablet devices.More than 40 per cent of parents surveyed in the study admitted they used electronic devices to keep their children “calm and happy” for substantial periods.