The ABCs of EMFs
- Don't let your kids play on wireless devices when they're connected to the Internet. "If you have to use electronic devices to entertain a child, disconnect them," Davis says. Before handing your child your cellphone or tablet computer, put it on airplane mode, which stops electromagnetic emissions.
- Don't keep your cellphone on you. "That's what manufacturers tell you in the fine print," Davis says. In fact, theiPhone 4S Information Guide says, "When carrying iPhone, keep it 15 cm (5/8 inch) or more away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the maximum level." So take heed, particularly if you're pregnant. Don't live on your cell phone, keep it in your bra or in your pocket when you're not using it. Davis suggests avoiding keeping it on all night and placing it under your pillow or on a bedside table too. And don't let your kids use cellphones that way either. The iPhone 4S manual itself suggests increasing your distance to the iPhone by using a hands-free option, such as the speakerphone, the supplied headphones with built-in mic and decreasing your total talk time. "Bluetooth is okay as long as your phone isn't in your pocket," Dr. Davis says. Texting is fine, too. For lengthy phone calls, switch to a land line.
- Don't use your laptop or tablet computer literally on your lap. If you're connected to the Internet, use a laptop or tablet computer at a desk or a table. Teach your kids to use them that way too. "I have this battle with my 6-year-old grandson all the time," Davis says. "I only let him use an iPad when he's downloaded something and it's not connected to the Internet or the iPad is on a table and not on his body."