Review of Trident Case–Kraken Case for iPad

Trident Case Review
Trident Case Review

Today I have a review of an awesome Rugged, Tough, and Protective Case for the iPad.  The particular case I was able to get and use for the last 6 weeks was the KRAKEN A.M.S. CASE FOR APPLE IPAD 2/3/4 for Devices: iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 from the company called Trident Case.


The first thing we noticed was how easy the case was to install.  My 12-year-old son was with me at the time and wanted to put it on the iPad himself.  So, I watched him install it in less than a minute (without reading the instructions!)  Later I realized that there was some dust under the clear, protective screen.  I removed the case (that was pretty easy to do as well, although it would be difficult for a young child) and cleaned it with non-abrasive glass cleaner.  Then I installed it myself.  See in the picture below that the case is actually 3 separate pieces.  The first piece contains a clear screen.  We had no trouble at all getting the iPad to read our touches through the screen.  The second piece is colored (and comes in a variety of colors–I got green) and is flexible silicone.  The bottom piece is a heavy duty strong piece of hardened polycarbonate.  The available colors are black, blue, red, pink, Trident green, purple, orange, and maroon.  There are also attachments that are available from Trident Case that work with the Kraken case.

There are built in openings in the Kraken case for iPad for the camera, headphone jack, microphone, etc.  Some have little flaps so that they close over to keep dust out when they aren’t in use.  There are only two things I didn’t like about the case.  One was that the little flaps didn’t always stay closed.  I’d be fine without those.  Second was that the case made the iPad much heavier than before.  (My oldest son had one more complaint.  His headphones wouldn’t fit in the headphone jack with the case on, and the case is too cumbersome to take on and off just to play the headphones occasionally.  The earbuds that came with the iPad fit in with the case on.)

Why is the Kraken Case so heavy?  Because it’s so strong.  It has been military tested with dropping, dust blowing, vibration, rain, and wind!

Trident Case Review
Trident Case Review
Trident Case Review
How we used it:

We installed the case, removed it, and reinstalled it.  We then kept it on the iPad for 6 weeks.  My husband, 7 kids, and I used it during that time.  We had no problems at all!

Age Range:

These are for all ages.  They are especially nice for those of us with young children so we don’t have to worry about our devices getting broken!


The KRAKEN A.M.S. CASE FOR APPLE IPAD 2/3/4 for Devices: iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 is $69.95.


The bottom line:

I don’t fear my kids using my iPad anymore.  I used to constantly say, “Sit back on the couch. Be over carpet.  Don’t walk around with it.  Be careful!  If it falls there, the glass will break.”  Now, I know it won’t break if it falls!  The heaviness of the case is totally worth it for me to know that my iPad is protected.  Yeah!  I’ve decided not to remove the Kraken case to put on my old one.  It stays!

You can find Trident cases for a variety of devices such as iPhones, Kindles, and the Samsung Galaxy Note–not just iPads.

Check out Trident Case around the web here:
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How to Set Media Limits for Our Kids


A few days ago a kind reader sent me the following email–just perfect for a blog post!
“How does your family organize computer time/accessibility? I am finding it increasingly difficult with many kids of different ages in the same household, and having the appropriate restrictions on the digital “stuff” around the house. We have a family home computer in the kitchen, my oldest has a laptop and a cell phone, one has a Kindle, and two boys have an iTouch. All of these devices can access the internet, and I have yet to find parental controls that can be tailored to different ages. We are struggling so much with this. It’s mainly me! I am struggling with what to allow them to use and how often. “
My answer:
I have  noticed that there are two things that are causing constant vigilance and reassessment in our rules about technology use in our home, and those are — the kids keep getting older and technology keeps changing!  It was so easy to set rules when they were young.  Here’s an example of something that just snuck up on me.  None of our kids have phones yet, so I hadn’t thought through rules on that yet.  But on the last iOS update to my son’s iPod touch, they made a way to “message” others, which is just like texting.  He told me he was texting his cousin through his iPod.  So, new rules were made!
1.  Talk about why media needs to be limited.
Pornography is insidious and destructive.  Our kids need straight talk about it (as soon as they’re mature enough), so that they can have more power to resist it.  They need accountability, just like adults do, so have regular talks about whether they have accidentally seen something on their device or whether others have shown them something on theirs.  Media can also be addicting–games, Facebook, even blogging.  All of us need to practice moderation and set appropriate limits for ourselves and our kids.  Decide what those are, write them down, and keep each other accountable.  For example, my oldest is not allowed to play games in bed at night.
2.  Have rules and enforce them.
Here are some of the rules we have in our home right now.  Only educational movies during the week; fun movies just on the weekend (and usually just Friday and Saturday nights).
No TV ever, except for occasional sports events–and then we mute the commercials.  (We have rabbit ears for that!).
No computer during the week, unless it’s for schoolwork.  I’m the only one with an iPad, and the kids don’t know my passcode; they can’t pick it up and play it when they want to.  When I do give them a turn, it’s only 20 minutes during the week or 30 on the weekends (and they are not to expect that they will receive a turn every day).  I always turn off everything I can when I hand it over to them (such as Safari internet browser and Installing Apps–keeps them out of the AppStore).  Adding friends and multiplayer games are always turned off.  There is a way to lock everything so that just one app is available–this is great for the littlest ones.*
My oldest got an iPod Touch for his 11th birthday.  He never has Safari internet browser turned on, and I’m the only one who has the code for it.  Also, I have to approve every app he puts on it by typing my own iTunes password, which he doesn’t know.  He’s only allowed 1 hour a day on it, and only after he’s completed all schoolwork, chores, and instrument practice.  He knows that it’s a privilege for him to have it and as parents, we have the right to take it away if there is any reason to do so.
 Always remember, you’re the parent!
3.  Have internet filters.
I agree that parental controls are very difficult to figure out.  We have internet filtering and parental controls to block out many websites on the computer, and I’m the only one who knows the password.  It’s a password that isn’t used for anything else.  Of course, there are always things that sneak through, so it’s best to only limit the kids to certain websites that you deem safe.  Here are a couple of newer things that suddenly caught me off guard with my kids using them–Spotify and Instagram.  You must always be vigilant!  I am around when we need to surf the web for research.  Talk to your kids openly about Internet safety–about not giving their name or address out.  Let them know that there are predators out there, just like the strangers who drive down the street and talk to kids.
4.  Reassess things often.
         Talk with your husband and with your kids.  Rules will need to be changed often as the kids grow older and as technology changes.  Encourage everyone to be open; we don’t want our kids to hide things from us.
5.  Pray.
        This should be first!  Remember James 1:5 which tells us that God will give us wisdom.  All we need to do is ask and believe!
A good book to read that addresses this subject is Six Ways to Keep Good in Your Boy by Dannah Gresh.  . (By the way, the review I wrote about this book has been “pinned” 31,000 times on Pinterest.  Lots of moms see this as an extremely important issue!)

And a great video to watch:  “Captivated“.   I heard Philip Telfer speak at a homeschool conference, and he has a lot of wisdom about technology.  They even have a study guide to help you guide your family in studying why media is so powerful and why we need to set limits.  Here’s a YouTube on it.

Do you have other suggestions for ways to set media limits for our kids?  Please share with a comment!
*Settings/General/Accessibility/Guided Access — to lock your iPad into a particular app
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(Not in English, but I think she says, “How do you like the new iPad I gave you?”)

New iPads are out!

Here’s your chance to get an iPad for $100 off!  The new iPads came out today (or at least you can pre-order them today), so Apple is selling the iPad2 for only $399!  I love my iPad2 so much that I’m not even considering getting one of the new ones!


I use it every day for reading e-books, email, blogging, social media, and education.  On trips, it’s invaluable for maps, finding restaurants, checking the weather, and keeping the kids entertained with movies and games.  (My iPad has 3G.)  Check out my category Apps for Homeschool to see how we’ve used it for preparing for the Bible Bee and Geography Bee, as well as extra practice for math, history, spelling, phonics, etc.  I love it for exercising–I watch my T-Tapp videos on it and can exercise in any room in my house or when I’m on vacation!   It’s also great for homeschool planning–I put my curriculum from CurrClick on it.


I read magazines (like my favorites The Old Schoolhouse and Answers).  We watch educational YouTube videos and read classic books on my iPad.  I love reading the Bible using the reading plans through the YouVersion app.  And my boys have a wonderfully creative time making movies and stop-motion with their Legos!

Yes, it may be time for you to get an iPad!


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Homeschooling Moms With Apps–Math

When I started this series on homeschooling moms with apps 3 weeks ago I had no idea an incredible new website would burst on the scene last week.  It’s called Apps for Homeschooling.  Jennifer shares reviews, codes for free apps, and insider information about sales.  It’s great!  I’ll keep writing these posts to share what we like to use, but for more comprehensive information on great apps for homeschooling, be sure to visit Apps for Homeschooling!

This week we’ll talk about math.  The iPad is a wonderful tool for practicing math facts, and there are some really neat math apps out there.  Here are the ones my kids enjoy:

Math Bingo

Rocket Math

Dot to Dot Numbers and Letters

Pizza Fractions

Factor Samurai

Pizza Sudoku

Snowman Math

And these are some math apps I’ve heard good things about but haven’t looked into personally yet:

Math Ninja

Match up Math

Pop Math lite

Math A+

iLive Math

Math Girl Number Garden (and House)

Digit z lite

Fractions app

Kids Time Fun

Trade First Subtraction

Math Magic

Park Math


Do you have some favorite math apps I missed?