Cell Phones for Children

– Considering Safety and Radiation

Do you have concerns about whether cell phones for children are safe and if there is any risk to your children’s health when they make use of your mobile or cordless phone or wireless devices?

If so, be assured, you are not the only one!

Even though scientific studies are ongoing, many governments are making recommendations, if not changing laws to minimize the exposure of children, particularly for those under 12, to mobile and cordless phones.

Balancing Technology and Health for Your Family

Ipads and other tablet devices, laptops, wireless routers, cordless phones and mobile/cell phones, as well as microwave ovens have us living in a literal ‘sea of radiation’.

Should we be worried? If so, what can be done to keep our children safe?

Different devices emit different forms of radiation, so firstly it pays to understand the different types of electromagnetic radiation that are being emitted by different devices.

Radiation and Reproduction

If we take a few steps backwards from worrying about cell phones for children, the impact of wireless gadgetry also needs to be assessed for pregnant women, and for both men and women who are planning on having a family in the future.

Reproductive experts are looking into the effect of radiation on sperm and on unborn children. Even though you may not be using your phone it is still emitting radiation so advice is for both men and women who are trying to conceive, or for women who are pregnant, not to carry phones in their pockets.

Recommendations for Cell Phone Safety

Recommendations from neurosurgeons and experts in the field include the following

  • Using a speaker or headset when speaking on a cell phone
  • Not using your cell phone as a toy for your children to play with. The younger the child is the more at risk he/she is
  • Turning phones off at night time- or if not off, not kept in a room where people sleep.
  • Same for wireless devices like routers- turn them of at nighttime.
  • If you have weak signal, try making the call another time. You phone has to work harder and emit a stronger signal, so limit your use.
  • Don’t carry your phone on your body – even when not in use it is emitting electromagnetic radiation

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Further Reading..

In America 20 million kids under the age of fourteen have cell phones and in Australia one in four 9 year old's has their own phone.

More reading if you are considering a mobile phone for your child or teenager

From the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) comes a fact sheet on the use of wireless devices..

"Due to the lack of scientific evidence on mobile and cordless phone use by children, ARPANSA recommends that parents encourage their children to limit their exposure,''

They also suggest that baby monitors be kept a meter away from cots, to minimise any electromagnetic emissions.

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