Effects of Mobile Phone on Children’s Health: What Research Has Actually Proved and Disproved

Based on the findings of 12 studies, there are some real concerns and possible misconceptions about children's usage of mobile phones.

Regarding the real concerns: The absorption rate of mobile phone radiation is much greater (1.5-2 times greater) for children than for adults due to their thinner skull and skin. There is also one study which indicates that children who use mobile phones are more likely to have headaches, migraines, and skin irritation. In addition, their health was found to have deteriorated over the period of a year.

Regarding the possible misconceptions: There is no strong evidence that children who use mobile phones have greater risk of developing brain tumors, and there is also no strong evidence that usage of mobile phones may influence children's brain or intellectual development. 

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References:

1: "Analysis Of Rf Exposure In The Head Tissues Of Children And Adults," Physics in medicine and biology , 2008, by J Wiart, A Hadjem, MF Wong. (Citations: 128).

Abstract This paper analyzes the radio frequencies (RF) exposure in the head tissues of children using a cellular handset or RF sources (a dipole and a generic handset) at 900, 1800, 2100 and 2400 MHz. Based on magnetic resonance imaging, child head models ...


2: "Exposure Limits: The Underestimation Of Absorbed Cell Phone Radiation, Especially In Children," Biology And Medicine, 2012, by OP Gandhi, LL Morgan, AA de Salles. (Citations: 45).

The existing cell phone certification process uses a plastic model of the head called the Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin (SAM), representing the top 10% of US military recruits in 1989 and greatly underestimating the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for typical ...


3: "Electromagnetic Absorption In The Head Of Adults And Children Due To Mobile Phone Operation Close To The Head," Biology And Medicine, 2006, by AA De Salles, G Bulla. (Citations: 45).

The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) produced by mobile phones in the head of adults and children is simulated using an algorithm based on the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method. Realistic models of the child and adult head are used. The ...


4: "Swedish Review Strengthens Grounds For Concluding That Radiation From Cellular And Cordless Phones Is A Probable Human Carcinogen," Pathophysiology, 2013, by DL Davis, S Kesari, CL Soskolne, AB Miller, Y Stein. (Citations: 21).

With 5.9 billion reported users, mobile phones constitute a new, ubiquitous and rapidly growing exposure worldwide. Mobile phones are two-way microwave radios that also emit low levels of electromagnetic radiation. Inconsistent results have been published on ...


5: "Numerical Dosimetry Dedicated To Children Rf Exposure," Progress in biophysics and molecular biology, 2011, by J Wiart, A Hadjem, N Varsier, E Conil. (Citations: 11).

Children are more and more using wireless communication systems. This growth has strengthened public concern and has highlighted the need to assess the radio frequency (RF) exposure of children. In dosimetry, taking advantage of the improvement of High ...


6: "Comparison Of Specific Absorption Rate Induced In Brain Tissues Of A Child And An Adult Using Mobile Phone," Journal Of Applied Physics, 2012, by M Lu, S Ueno. (Citations: 4).

The steady increase of mobile phone usage, especially mobile phones by children, has led to a rising concern about the possible adverse health effects of radio frequency electromagnetic field exposure. The objective of this work is to study whether there is a ...


References:

1: "Mobile Phones And Children: Is Precaution Warranted?," Bioelectromagnetics, 2004, by E van Rongen, EW Roubos. (Citations: 33).

Are there health related arguments to recommend that children limit their use of mobile telephones? The International Expert Group on Mobile Phones from the UK concluded so, but did not come up with convincing scientific data to back this statement. The Health ...


2: "Electromagnetic Safety Of Children Using Wireless Phones: A Literature Review," Bioelectromagnetics, 2005, by L Martens. (Citations: 26).

Abstract In this article, several issues related to the safety of electromagnetic field exposure of children when using wireless devices such as mobile phones are described. The information available in the literature is reviewed and open areas that need to be subject ...


References:

1: "Mobile Phone Use And Brain Tumors In Children And Adolescents: A Multicenter Casecontrol Study," Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2011, by D Aydin, M Feychting, J Schz. (Citations: 120).

Background It has been hypothesized that children and adolescents might be more vulnerable to possible health effects from mobile phone exposure than adults. We investigated whether mobile phone use is associated with brain tumor risk among children ...


2: "Cell Phones, Cancer, And Children," Journal Of The National Cancer, 2011, by JD Boice, RE Tarone. (Citations: 26).

Figure 1. Annual age-adjusted incidence rates (3-year moving average) of brain cancer among children in the United States aged 519 years (19742007). Cell phone use in the United States was not widespread until the early 1990s. The increase in brain cancer ...


References:

1: "Mobile Phone Use And Health Symptoms In Children," Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, 2014, by CT Chiu, YH Chang, CC Chen, MC Ko, CY Li. (Citations: 2).

Methods A nationwide, cross-sectional study, using the computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) technique, was conducted in 2009 to collect information on children's utilization of MPs and the perceived health symptoms reported by their parents. Results ...



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