Many Nations Banning or Limiting Cell Phone Use by Children

Posted By L.L. Woodard on Jan 27, 2009 Health Warnings
While nations around the world are either banning or limiting cell phone use by children, and some by those under the age of 12 years-old, Health Canada has remained mum on the subject.

France is nearing the point where it will make it illegal to market cell phones to children.

Russian officials have recommended that children under the age of 18 years not use cell phones at all.

Similarly, the United Kingdom, Israel, Belgium, Germany and India have discouraged use of cell phones by children.

In Finland, the Radiation and Nuclear Power Authority has urged parents to err on the side of caution, because despite there being no definitive research indicating health risks related to the use of cell phones, there is also no definitive research indicating the absence of health risks from cell phone use. The truth is, cell phone use, and especially its wide use among children, is a relatively new phenomenon which has not yet enabled study of possible long term effects.

CBC-TV conducted a survey of 1,000 children in Canada; the results indicated that almost half of the children in the 9-13 year-old range have cell phones.

An epidemiologist, Professor Devra Davis, at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has been quoted as stating, “Because the latency between exposure and brain cancer could be 20 or 30 years…we are basically treating ourselves like lab rats in an experiment without any controls” ( 2009, January 22).

The fact is, children’s brains are less dense–more porous–than adult brains. Radio frequency signals penetrate a child’s brain more deeply than they do an adult’s brain. Scans have confirmed that the low-level radiation emitted by cell phones penetrate the brain of a 5-year-old child more than halfway through.

Source: (2009, January 22). “Health Canada has little to say about cellphone risks for kids”.