You guys, summer is really, finally almost here in our house (my first grader’s last day of school is tomorrow!). I always look forward to this 10-week stretch of spending more time with my boys…until about three days into summer when said boys are fighting, the house is a mess, it’s a gazillion degrees on the sticky streets of Brooklyn, and neither kid will fall asleep before 9:00 PM because it’s so light outside.
This summer we will be spending time in Vermont, Long Island, Rhode Island, and of course in our (nearly completed) non-toxic retreat space in Lancaster, PA. But, there will be some long days in the city, and while we take a lot of mini-adventures, somehow the summer inevitably results in more screen time in our house.
Because of concerns about radiation from tablets, I put my kids’ iPads on airplane mode whenever possible. But sometimes they want to watch those weird YouTube videos of grown men unpacking boxes of Legos or Playdoh, and they start whining: “Turn on the wiiiiiii-fiiiiiii!” (I keep ours turned off during the day if we aren’t using it.)
If you’ve got a kid, an iPad, and WiFi, you might want to invest in a Pong Anti-Radiation iPad case. When we initially reviewed anti-radiation devices for cell phones, we were really skeptical. It’s hard to prove that these devices work, and many tech reviews are negative.
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The one exception is Pong cases, which are shown to significantly reduce radiation. They also happen to be really good at protecting phones and iPads from falls, and they don’t affect performance even slightly. Oh, one important note: When you use a Pong phone case, the radiation is redirected out the back of the phone (rather than towards your head), so just be aware of what’s near the back of your phone (like your baby’s head!).
Happy summer, everyone! Let’s see if I can make it a full week home with both kids before counting the days until school starts again!