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Where to get more information

There are many resources available containing information relevant to the use of computers by children. The following resources contain information about the types, and adjustments, of equipment children may use in their study area. Parents/Carers are encouraged to review these websites to re-assess and make necessary adjustments to their home computer workstation to accommodate their child’s needs.

Ergonomics for Children & Educational Environments

Ergonomics for Children & Educational Environments is a Technical Committee for the International Ergonomics Association. It provides a forum for international exchange of technical ergonomics information related to children and educational environments. The committee members include several Australian representatives.

This site contains information regarding positioning of students when using computer equipment. It suggests physical activity requirements to assist with increasing your child’s circulation and for keeping normal eye function. It includes photos displaying correct and incorrect postures.

Ergo Tips by Cornell University (USA)

These tips were compiled by students of Cornell University Ergonomics, Anthropometrics and Biomechanics seminar. They provide suggestions to properly adjust your workstation to reduce pain, in regard to different body parts. You will find concise and clear information supported by plenty of pictures.

Workstation Ergonomics for Computer Use by Children

The Cornell University provides images showing the differences between a poor, deviated posture and a more neutral, more ergonomic posture for keyboard use.

Ergonomic Workstations for Keyboard Operators

Workplace Health and Safety unit of the Department of Industrial Relations provides this information sheet which contains information regarding ways to control hazards while using computer workstations.

Office Ergonomics

The Department of Education, Training and the Arts Fact Sheet contains information regarding the right chair, sitting position, keyboard and document position.

Safe Use of Laptops

The Department of Education, Training and the Arts Fact Sheet can help reduce the risk of musculoskeletal discomfort or injury while using laptops.

Computer comfort self-assessment checklist and Workstation setup

The Safety and Wellbeing branch of the University of Technology in Sydney provides advice to ensure an even distribution of workload on the body and to reduce fatigue.

How to Choose an Ergonomic Chair

The Cornell University website contains information about factors to consider when choosing a workstation chair, such as shape of a seat pan, adjustable lower back rest, size of the back rest.

Computer Workstation Setup

The Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School website contains Computer Workstation Setup information including case studies outlining ergonomic solutions that don’t involve purchasing expensive equipment. The Computer workstation setup page provides a direct link into the Teacher area which would be appropriate for parents to access, and a direct link into the Student area which contains three case studies for use by the students.


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.

This document contains links to third party websites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to users and not as a guarantee, warranty or recommendation by Education Queensland of the content on such third-party websites or as an indication of any affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement of such third party websites.

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Last reviewed
06 March 2012
Last updated
06 March 2012
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