Do you equip your child with a mobile phone so that he can be found at any time? Although your original intention is good, your children may not feel the same way. Moreover, the latest view of experts is that children should not be allowed to use mobile phones before the age of 12. Even teenagers over the age of 13 should only use mobile phones to send text messages instead of talking.
Professor Laurie Charles is the former head of the mobile communication and health research project funded by the British government. As a physicist and radiation impact scientist, Charles believes that even if there is not enough evidence to prove that children are more sensitive to mobile phone radiation than adults, this possibility cannot be ruled out. “I think this theory is valid because children’s immune system is still developing and we know that they are more sensitive to other things. For example, if children and adults are exposed to strong sunlight at the same time, they are more likely to develop skin cancer than adults. They are also more sensitive to pollution. So it can be said that children are also at greater risk,” Charles said
In addition, mobile phones are not only harmful to health, but also affect children’s intelligence. A study by Monash University in Australia found that regular texting on mobile phones may affect teenagers’ way of thinking, make their character impulsive and gradually lose the ability to think carefully.
Professor Abramson, an epidemiologist at the University, compared the habits of 11-14-year-old teenagers using mobile phones and the results of their computer tests. It was found that frequent use of mobile phones changed the way the brain thought. Professor Abramson said: “when sending text messages, you can see the complete appearance of the desired words with a few clicks. This convenience will make them have speed but lack accuracy when doing other things.”
The researchers warn that children’s brains are still developing, and the use of mobile phones is changing their learning style, driving them to neglect thinking and behave more impulsively. In fact, nowadays, the phenomenon of teenagers using mobile phones is very common. A survey conducted by a British children’s product market research company in 2005 found that one in four children under the age of 8 has a mobile phone. There are 4.5 million children with mobile phones in the UK. Among them, 58% of children aged 9-10 have mobile phones, 89% of children aged 11-12, 93% of children aged 13-14 and 95% of children aged 15-16 have mobile phones.