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Arranging equipment in study area to achieve correct student posture

Students should arrange equipment in the study area in order to maintain correct posture while working in front of the computer.

The correct posture of a person working at the computer is:

  • Feet are rested firmly on the floor or footpad
  • Thighs are fully supported by chair seat except for a two-finger width space behind the knee
  • Curve of lower back is supported by chair back
  • Elbows, hips and knees are bent at approximately 90 degrees
  • Shoulders are relaxed so shoulder blades are free to move
  • Forearms are parallel to the floor or sloping slightly downwards to the desktop
  • Wrists are straight and not bent up, down or to the side. Note: Wrist supports help to maintain natural, not extreme wrist position when working with a mouse. Wrist supports to be soft
  • Top of screen is at eye level or slightly below, about arm length straight in front of
    your eyes
  • Glare and reflection of the screen are avoided by changing angle and orientation
    of the screen
  • Neck is relaxed and balanced; chin is not poking upwards.

Correct posture can be complemented with correct study behaviour as follows:

  • Take short breaks while keying to relax your hands and prevent fatigue
  • Take longer breaks every 30-60 minutes to get up, walk, and do exercises or another task to move your body and to increase your blood circulation
  • Take time to look further away to help your eye muscle to relax
  • Take breaks to drink water and have nutritious meals
  • Change position often while obeying the same basic principles of correct posture.


This document provides advice to assist parents and carers to set up home learning computer work place for children.

The Department recognises that each child has unique individual requirements for home learning and it is their parents’ and carers responsibility to ensure that home learning place is arranged for children in accordance to their individual needs.

The Department has no obligations to provide equipment required for children’s home learning.

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Last reviewed
06 March 2012
Last updated
06 March 2012
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