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BTS: Making sure your student is wearing a backpack properly

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When it comes to backpacks, safety is just as important to parents, as style is to students.

Good Morning Alabama is working for you with 5 tips on how to wear a backpack safely so your student can be healthy.

First, you want to choose the right backpack. Experts recommend one with at least 2 shoulder straps and a padded back to protect against sharp objects.

How to wear it:

1. Always use both shoulder straps. Using one shoulder strap may increase curvature of the spine, experts say.

2. Tighten the straps -- so it's close to the body. It should be two inches above the waist.

3. Pack it light. You're student shouldn't carry every books, every day. Figure out a schedule of what books are needed on each day of the week. Your child's backpack should not weigh more than 15 percent of their body weight.

4. Organize the back pack. Make sure you use all the compartments. Pack heavier items to center of the back.

5. Tell your child to bend with their knees. It will help protect them from serious injury. For younger children, the experts recommend getting a bag with wheels, if your school allows it.

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