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Our 14yo is having constant back and neck aches, ad the doctor has put it down to the weight of school bag

I had been hearing complains about the weight of the school bag, and to be honest I thought at first “yes we all have been there” BUT after trying to pick it up and almost giving myself a hernia – I can understand why!!

Between school books and laptop, and all the “wotnots” needed for school – the bag is so very heavy, I can not understand HOW a school can expect kids to carry so much each day!

They say they provide lockers to save the kids carrying everything – but that is not practical when all the books and laptops are needed for homework .. and therefore must be carted to and from school !

We have racked our brain and can come up with a solution to help ease the burden (quite literally) anyone able to keep heir teens school bag “light” ?

It is not right when there is back aches and neck strains all over school work :/


Posted anonymously, 28th May 2014


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  • The school bags are so big and heavy the children can bearely lift them,some-thing needs to be done.

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  • My sister had a back disease as a kid and used a trolley bag – that was 30 years ago.

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  • Could you use a carry on sized wheelie bag?

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  • You can buy ergonomically correct backpacks. They’re supposed to be equipped with features that make it easier on the body. My kids used them with no back problems

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  • well try to campaign/ organise a fundraiser for lockers


    • They have lockers at school. The issue is having to take the books home to do their homework.

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  • I Have A solution For heavy school bags, I have invented a E-bag for students that can completely replace heavy school bags, for more info please visit our website http://www.ebag.co.in.

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  • Our child has the same problem. Her bag is so heavy and the school does not have lockers, so all day she has to carry this around, we are at a rural catholic school. Back in my day I went to a public high school and we all had lockers. we need to save our kids backs NOW!!!!!!

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  • Have a chat with your teen’s Year Adviser at school. If this is a common problem the Year adviser can talk to the relevant staff and come up with a better plan than lugging everything to and from school every day. If it is just a problem for your teen perhaps you or the Year Adviser need to help work out what stays in their school locker different nights. Do involve the school in finding a solution though- they need to be aware if students are experiencing injuries because of the school’s requirements.

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  • My children all had the problem of heavy bags and their school never had lockers. Just make sure if they have back packs that they DO NOT carry it on one shoulder. They organise their bag every day and not carry unneeded books and a waist strap is a benefit on a back pack. Also I am loving the idea of the trolley bag.

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  • Mambo (BIG W), surfing shops have trendy roller bags which might help a self conscious teenage girl not feel so daggy rolling one around

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  • a roller bag is a great idea, also, make sure your child is planning their days needs, I remember often carrying everything rather than sorting my bag each morning and taking out the books etc that i didnt need that day. Also make sure he/she gets into the habbit of asking their teacher if they need their text book next lesson as sometimes they dont. all the best!

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  • Unless your child absolutely refuses, I would definitely look at a trolley bag. They might have other kids teasing them a little to start with, but I’d put money on the fact that other kids will soon follow suit & get a trolley bag too.

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  • I see a lot of kids use the pull along suitcases as there bags, my kids are the same they have to use the school bag which goes on they back but also make sure the straps are done correctly as my kids always have the bags half way down their bums lol that doesn’t do them any good.

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  • Trolley type bag? But might look a bit funny compared to the other kids.

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  • I agree with the roller type bag, it could be a new trend

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