All kids around the globe use their parent’s cell phones to watch TV, play games, watch YouTube videos, make phone calls and send text messages. Many older kids and teens have their own cell phone which they are attached to all day and all night.
But the question is, are there any risks to such frequent use of cell phones? And if there is, is the risk different than the risk for adult people?
A scientific research found out that all the cell phones produce a type of radiation called Radio-Frequency-Electromagnetic-Radiation. Scientists and researchers around the world made several studies of the impact of cell phones on children of any age.
In general, and on average, children suffer a higher exposure of their brain regions than adults. The reason behind this is because children have proportionally smaller heads and brains, yet they receive the same levels of cell phone radiation as adults. When a cell phone is used by a child, the Radio-Frequency-Electromagnetic-Radiation is more than two times higher in the brain, and even 10 times higher in the bone marrow of the skull, compared to cell phones used by adults.
The same scientific research proved that people that begin using cell phones before the age of 20 are at an even higher risk of developing a brain tumor of any kind. And there is an explanation. That is because of the closer proximity of the source of radiation to the brain of kids.
It is also proven that the cell phone exposure can affect the children’s behavior. The child can easily show signs of hyperactivity and can have other emotional and behavioral problems, such as getting along with other kids or even their families. Children who use cell phones are more likely to develop ADHD as well. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and it makes it difficult for a person to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors. Children using cell phones from early age are at a higher risk of getting brain tumors and cancer.
And according to a research done on this topic, here are some tips for you if you are giving your cell phone to a child.
Turn airplane mode on when giving a child a technology device of almost any kind. Or even when a cell phone is near a pregnant woman, to prevent exposure to radiation.
Turn off wireless networks and devices to decrease your family’s radiation exposure. You can start by turning off your Wi-Fi router off at bedtime.
Decrease use of Wi-Fi where wireless coverage is difficult, to avoid radiation exposure.
You might as well use a speaker phone or plug in earpiece when you use a cell phone.
Other useful tips to help your kid manage his or her phone time:
Help kids find space for face-to-face conversations. Put phones down during key conversation times such as dinner or car rides.
Establish consequence for problematic phone use. Consider instituting temporary time or location limits.
If your kids have homework, reading, house work to do, make sure they do it before they get on the mobile device.
Set family rules.
Perhaps they must behave well during the week, not squabble and bicker with each other to be allowed the privileged of playing with a mobile. Or turn it off when their time is up. Set rules and stick to them.
People are prisoners of their phones. Maybe that is why they are called Cell phones.
Your cell phone has already replaced your camera, you calendar, you alarm clock… Don’t let it replace your family.