Parents in Europe raises concerns over cell phones for kids

Concern in Europe on Cellphone Ads for Children - Image 1Cell phone radiation has long been claimed to fry brain cells. Scientists are yet to find conclusive proof – but being conscious of the risk, are you willing to expose your kids to cell phones at an early age? That’s the issue that’s currently got parents in Europe riled up. Read the full story by following the “read more” link below.

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A lot of studies have claimed that cell phone radiation fries brain cells. It’s still to be seen whether this is true or not, but knowing that there’s a risk, would you expose your kids to cell phone radiation at  an early age? If you’re a kid yourself, modify that question slightly to ask whether you’re willing to expose your brain to neuron-killing radiation.

This is the issue that currently has parent groups in Europe riled up, asking the government to ban marketing of cell phones that are targeting children, tweens, and teens. The parent groups are concerned that children, who are more susceptible to radiation because their nervous systems are still developing, will have an increased risk with cell phone radiation.

Cell phones designed for kids are currently becoming more and more popular. One analyst actually forecasts that by 2010, the market in the US would have over 9 million users that are under the age of 10.

The issue has actually been compared to cigarettes. Remember the time when no one had conclusive evidence that cigarettes are harmful to your health? At the time, the concern was also that cigarettes are designed to be addictive for younger people. Some are now saying that the same could be said for cell phones.

For now, the general stand is that it’s up to parents to decide whether or not they will allow their children to have cellphones. Some countries have taken extra precautions. France, for instance, has already issued a health warning against excessive use of mobile phones by young children.

Via The New York Times

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