Cell Phones and Childrens Health

By: Gloria Moore

Though cellular phones are becoming very popular among children, and there are even phones being designed specifically to suit their needs, tastes, and security requirements, the one thing that seems to be overlooked by many people is the fact that children are among the most vulnerable people to the effects of cellular phone radiation.

Studies have been performed throughout Britain, the United States, and many other countries to discover the effects of radiation on cell phone users, and as these users are now including children, the studies are altering their demographic to include a new cell phone market. Though studies by the cell phone companies themselves have shown no conclusive evidence of harmful effects as a direct result of the electromagnetic waves emitted by cellular phones, many have doubts as to the accuracy of those results.

When American scientists studied radiation comparable to that of mobile phones on over ten thousand chicken embryos, they put out a warning to caution pregnant women about using cellular phones as the chicken embryos grew defects. However, even with such results, the cellular phone industry continues to downplay any risk associated with cell phone use and simply say that further research is needed.

When children use cell phones, they absorb up to double the amount of electromagnetic radiation as adults would absorb through their heads. A study performed by Dr. Om Ghandi, a professor of electrical engineering from the University of Utah discovered that children younger than 10 years old would absorb radiation around their full brain. The radiation is able to penetrate beyond the ear and directly into a child's head. This is the case because the ear of a child is thinner than that of an adult. Furthermore, a child will hold a phone closer to their head. Even two millimeters will make a difference according to Dr. Ghandi.

Many scientists and doctors are now recommending that until it can be proven that the technology is safe for children, both children and young teens should not be using cellular phones for the sake of their own health.

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