Cell Phone May
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New study points out the potential hazards of long-term
mobile phone use. Laura Rohde, IDG News Service
Children may be more vulnerable than adults to the potential
health risks of using mobile phones, according to a U.K.
study released this week, which urged that nonessential
phone use by children be discouraged.
Though no conclusive evidence currently exists that mobile
phones are harmful, a cautious approach of risk management,
especially in relation to children, should be taken by the
government, according to the study, published by the U.K.'s
National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB).
The study is a follow-up to a similar study issued four
years ago. Little has changed during that time in terms of
being able to assure the safety of mobile phone use on the
public's health, the board says.
Follow Up: In May 2000, the U.K.'s Independent Expert Group
on Mobile Phones, also called the Stewart Report after the
group's then chairman, William Stewart, singled out mobile
phone use by children, the elderly, and the infirm as cause
for concern. The study warned that children may be more
vulnerable to radio frequency (RF) radiation exposure
because of their developing nervous system, the greater
absorption of energy in the tissues of the head, and a
longer lifetime of exposure.
Cell phone and child?
The NRPB's study issued this week, entitled "Mobile Phones
and Health," uses similar wording to the one it follows up
"The Board believes that the main conclusions reached in the
Stewart Report in 2000 still apply today and that a
precautionary approach to the use of mobile technologies
should continue to be adopted," the NRPB study says. Stewart
is now chairman of the NRPB, whose members are appointed by
U.K. health ministers, and he again urged that the use of
mobile phones by children for nonessential calls should be
As with the 2000 study, the NRPB did not set out guidelines
for how many minutes per day would be considered safe for a
child to use a mobile phone, nor did the group give its age
definition of a "child."
Increased Usage: What has changed since the 2000 study is
the growth of mobile phone use. There are currently around
50 million mobile phones being used in the U.K. compared
with about 25 million in 2000 and 4.5 million in 1995,
according to the study. These mobile phones are supported by
around 35,000 base stations, the majority of which operate
under the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)
In addition, the number of children between 7 and 10 years
old using a mobile phone has doubled since 2001, to one in
four, according to the study.
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