Mobile phone use effect on children to be studied

By Amanda Stewart,

Thousands of children are to be enrolled in a three-year study in which the effects of mobile phones and wifi on the brain will be examined.

The study is being carried out by the Imperial College and the University of London, according to The Telegraph.

The study will take a look at the cognitive development of children ages 11 to 14. The kids will download an app to their phones that will monitor the amount of time spent on the phone, using the Internet, making phone calls, etc.

"We need to investigate because it is a new technology," Professor Paul Elliot, a director of Health at Imperial College. The evidence, he continues, is just not available due to lack of data.

In the UK 70 percent of children ages 11 to 12 have a cell phone. That number rises to 90 percent once they reach the age of 14.

The World Health Organization (WHO), according to Canada Journal, has ranked the study on the effects of mobile phone use as highest priority.

The current guidelines say that kids under the age of 16 should only use their cell phones for necessary calls/texts. When they do have to use the phone, they are further advised to keep the conversation short.

There is no evidence that cell phones have any type of effect on adult health, but scientists believe that it is possible that because children have developing nervous systems, it could effect them.



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