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Protecting Your Students When Reading: Cell phones, iPads, and Kindles

Photo of a young boy holding a computer tablet close to his face sitting at a desk

When students use…

  • a small device such as mobile/cell or iPad/Kindle
  • on a table or desk
  • a typical chair

Using smaller devices such as an iPad, Kindle or cell phone can be more difficult to position at a desktop. This is especially true knowing that posture guidelines remain the same when sitting at a desk and using a desktop computer. The elbows, hips and knees should be at 90 degrees; the feet, flat on the floor; and the screen of the device at eye level when one is sitting up straight.

Protecting Your Students When Reading: Laptops/Chromebooks, Refreshable Braille Displays

Illustration of a girl sitting at a computer desk using a laptop

When students use…

  • a laptop, Chromebook, or refreshable braille displays
  • on a table or desk
  • a typical chair

Using computer laptops, Chromebooks or even refreshable braille displays are not like using Desktop computers. Since these smaller, portable devices are most often used lying flat on a table or desktop, it’s important to address proper positioning to protect your students when reading.

Protecting Your Students When Reading: Using a Desktop Computer, Table or Desk, Chair

Illustration of a girl sitting at a computer desk

When students use…

  • a desktop computer
  • on a table or desk
  • a typical chair

Children’s ergonomics recommendations tend to be similar to that of adults.

How to Protect Students when they’re Reading

While we all know that AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to eligible Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are unable to access traditional print due to a Print Disability, it’s extremely important to also know that students who are accessing AIM-VA’s digital books on electronic devices or hardcopy braille and large print books, need to do so safely.