The US government assessed the current standards back in 1996. Back then it was unheard of to give your kids a cell phone. But things have changed dramatically since then. Not only do the little ones get to talk on the phone from time to time, they spend hours playing games on them. As a teaching tool they may be great, but are the dangers surpassing the benefits?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider its radiation standards.
AAP, President, Dr. Robert Block notes that the standards given for specific absorption rate (SAR) are based on an adult males brains, not women or children’s.
“Children, however, are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. In fact, according to [the International Agency for Research on Cancer], when used by children, the average RF energy deposition is two times higher in the brain and 10 times higher in the bone marrow of the skull, compared with mobile phone use by adults”
Dr. Block further discussed the potentially negative effects of media use by children under the age of 2 and went on to site studies of older children and adolescents and the contribution of their high usage to obesity and other developmental and health risks. Read more
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