UK Mobile Phone
Radiation For Children. Safe or Unsafe?
Crean adds the cellphones are marketed at fogeys instead of
at kids this is significant in the UK, as the network
operators have concluded a behavior code which outlines that
they will not market phones in particular to under-16s. But
what makes up selling to kids can be moot : in the Irish
Republic, where the toy-like handset is on sale, the
telephone's sellers includes Smyths, the nation's largest
toy store, and the Creans ran a short radio and bus
advertising campaign for Xmas . Crean claims that regardless
of the limited functions, the handset passes the
kiddy-credibility test. Our eldest child is nine and
understands why it is not good for her to have a regular
mobile, she asserts.
A good few of her buddies have standard ones, though. More
than seven thousand handsets have recently been sold in Eire
, and the Creans are presently deep in commercial talks with
many UK networks. We are so going to have the product
launched there before the end of this year, she is saying.
In Eire our telephones have just had a network launch with
O2, having been marketed at first as a sim-card-free
telephone 2 years ago. Not everybody in Eire considers the
Firefly a blessing for babies, though . Aine Lynch, the
Chairman of the nation's Oldsters Council, disagrees the
Firefly would be more acceptable for youngsters aged eleven
or 12, instead of those as young as four. She points out
that it might stop them from accessing the web, ringing up
inflated telephone bills or calling and texting folks
unknown to their folks.
Targeting a telephone at a four-year-old causes us concern,
It gives rise to questions as to where parental
responsibility is going. Why would children have to be
approached by mobile phone? Why are they not in the custody
of their oldsters, teachers or supervisors? Other European
states are heading in the opposite direction to Britain and
Eire : the French State introduced laws earlier in the year
that ban sales of mobile telephones to kids under six and
proscribe advertising them to youngsters under twelve.
And a brief released in Jan by the Finnish Radiation and
Nuclear Safety Authority concluded that youngsters's use of
mobile telephones should be limited till the potential long
term health risks are identified. But in the UK, the govt's
watchdog, the Mobile Telecomms and Health Research Programme,
seems to have stalled on its announced plan to pay for such
a study. No work has been commissioned from its £3.1 million
research budget. Given this obvious official indifference,
toddler-phones are ready to become a commoner UK phenomenon,
claims MobileYouth's Dhaliwal. Many corporations, including
Samsung, are building handsets for kids aged 4-5 with some
functionality, though none is yet signed to a UK network, he
asserts. Given the parental zeal for dialling up their tiny
darlings, such telephones may turn out to be the best
choice, he adds.
There are bonafide reasons why you wouldn't reasonably need
a kid to have a completely working handset, though folk now
do this. You are giving them access to the Net and you
cannot control what kind of people get access to them. At
least limited kiddie mobiles stop this from happening..
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