One of the most undeniable truths of today is as kids learn how to walk and speak, they also learn how to unlock mobile phones and iPads. With the availability of various Over the Top (OTT) platforms on mobile phones and tablets which are catered for the needs of children, these kids are vulnerable to radiation. Owing to many researches conducted on the topic, we know the following:
The effects of radiation from mobile phones and tablets are always underplayed by various parties who are invested in these devices but the truth can never be ignored.
Devices like mobile phones, wi-fi, tablets, and smart televisions, when they function, emit radio waves called Electromagnetic Radiations (EMR). The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) as a possible human carcinogen in 2011. Since then, there has been increasing interest regarding human exposure to RF‐EMR sources and potential health effects.
Studies have shown that children when exposed to EMR absorb more of the radiation when compared to adults because the tissues of their brains are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. Constant exposure to EMR possesses a greater threat to the developing brain and nervous system and increases the risk of cancer and loss in immunity. The average latency time between the first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades and thus tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood. A modern-day epidemic Digital dementia is commonly seen among school kids.
A 2010 study of mobile phone radiation noted that “in general and on average, children suffer a higher exposure of their brain regions than adults.” This is because children have proportionally smaller heads and brains, yet receive the same levels of cell phone radiation as adults.
Researches have also suggested that mobile phone exposure could affect children’s behavior. Children constantly in the vicinity of radiation display hyperactive nature or have emotional or behavioral problems, including trouble getting along with other kids. A 2014 article reviewing studies on children and their mobile phone use found that the younger the child, the greater the risk of brain cancer and brain tumors.
Rather than panic, the parents should use this information as a reminder to limit their children’s screen time and exposure from mobile phones and other similar devices. True many of the services provided by the OTT platforms are top-notch but their end objective result is grabbing new eyeballs and retaining the existing member base. As parents, we have to take the preventive measures of our kids and limit their exposure to EMR. Such measures entail some basics like keeping a safe distance from your mobile phone, reducing the time they spend on wireless devices and striking a balance between the online and offline realms. A comprehensive list detailing all the the tips and tricks a parent can take to limit their child’s exposure to EMR is a bookmark that should be a part of every individuals parenting handbook.