Mobile phones are used so widely by children now that most people assume they are safe. But the World Health Organization has declared the radiation from mobiles to be a possible carcinogen.
Because the use of mobiles by children is such a new phenomenon, scientists have not studied it enough to be able to produce conclusive proof either way.
But ongoing research shows a link between mobile phone use and serious health risks and differences in children’s anatomy make them significantly more vulnerable. For example, they can absorb double the radiation as adults.
What does the science say?
The World Health Organization has classed mobile phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (IARC Class 2B). Scientists don’t yet have all the answers because many of the dangers could take another 20 or 30 years to show up. A brain tumor typically develops unseen for at least 20 years before being diagnosed.
It was once the same with cigarettes.
Many public health experts believe that, as serious risks to children could be involved, we cannot wait for science to be conclusive.
To date, the scientific research has produced more than 200 studies suggesting a range of health dangers. These include:
These come from a wide range of academic institutions around the world.
A review of the long-term health effects, published by an international group of scientists in journal concluded that there was a link between prolonged cell phone use and brain tumors developing on the side of the head to which the phone was held.
A World Health Organization study ( released in 2010 showed that using a mobile for more than half-an-hour a day for ten years increased the risk of a brain tumor. Two of Interphone’s lead scientists published a paper stating that adoption of “simple and low-cost measures, such as the use of text messages, hands-free kits and/or the loud-speaker mode of the phone could substantially reduce exposure to the brain from mobile phones” and is advisable.
Most of the studies that have not detected health dangers only studied short-term effects.
Children are more vulnerable
Radiation penetration for an adult, 10-year-old child
Very few studies have investigated the health effects of mobile phone use on children, although all the evidence – and knowledge of their anatomical differences – suggests they are at higher risk.
Children absorb about 60 per cent more radiation into the head than adults Their immature nervous system makes them more susceptible to the long-term effects. Because they now start to use mobiles at a young age, their lifetime of exposure compounds their vulnerability.
These scans show how radiation penetrates more deeply into children’s heads and how the younger they are, the more deeply it penetrates.
One study in the International Journal of Oncology ( has found that young adults who start to use a cell phone before the age of 20 are at five times the risk of malignant brain tumors than those who didnt use a phone. The results are not conclusive because of the small sample size.
What do governments say?
Commentary by Dr. Corinne AllenChildren’s brains are not fully developed and very vulnerable to damage from cellphones, computers and WiFi. If children use computers it is important that the computer is not on WiFi, but plugged into cable/wall Internet connection. To further protect children as well as adults from the radiation, EMF and free radical damage comes from cell phone and computer radiation use grounding mat and diodes. . Thus computer or cell phones should be protected with diodes. it is important to use a grounding pad to sit on while using electronic and computer devices. It is also a wise step to add diodes to all cell phones, computers and electronics of any kind. See http://brainadvance.org/emf_protection