How can I protect my child from brain-damaging cell phone radiation?
Posted on: September 20, 2017.

While it is best for children to avoid using mobile phones for some very important medical reasons, these devices have become an inevitable mode of communication in the rapidly-progressing era at present.

When radiation hits the head, it penetrates the skull. The younger the child the deeper the penetration, as the skull bone in young children is thinner, and their brains contain more fluid than that of adults. According to study reports, the percentage of penetration is 25% for an adult, 50% for ten-year-olds, and 75% for five-year-olds! This is because radio frequencies can very easily travel through a child’s brain and thereby increase the risk of cancer.

How can I help my child use a cell phone safely?

When it comes to controlling the amount of radiation your child is exposed to, it is not the choice of phone that is important, but how children are taught to use it.

Using a hands-free set

It is best for a child to keep the mobile phone farther away from his or her body while handling the device—this way, he or she is exposed to as little radiation as possible. It would also be a good idea to get your child a hands-free set to use with a cell phone—this is the easiest way to radically reduce the risk of radiation overexposure.


Holding the cell phone right
Teach your child not to cover large areas of the cell phone with his or her hand while using it— this reduces the phone’s ability to send and receive signals, and to compensate this shortcoming the device is forced to increase its power and consequently generate more intense radiation to transmit than required. Therefore, guide your child to hold the phone as far down as possible for the device to operate at the lowest required power, which is safest for the child.

Getting in the best position
The power and radiation levels of the phone are lowest when the signal reception is at its best. In other words, at times when signal reception is poor, a cell phone is forced to use maximum power and radiation. Teach your child to check the signal reception strength before making a call, by showing him or her where it is displayed on the cell phone screen—mostly it’s on the top right corner.


Hazardous areas of use

  • Avoid using your mobile phone while driving, especially with your child. Stop at a safe place and talk.
  • Teach children not to use mobile phones in places which have a lot of electrical equipments—operating rooms/intensive care units at hospitals, server rooms in a computer facility, mechanized laboratories, aircraft, electronic stores, etc.
  • Do not let children use their mobile phones in the bathroom, especially while bathing or washing.
  • Small children must not be allowed to use mobile phones for long periods. They are more susceptible than adults, as earlier mentioned.

What happens to the radiation emitted by a cell phone?

A cell phone antenna emits radiation in all directions. While most of the radiation is lost to space, a significant part enters the human head. Furthermore, the increased use of cell phones has brought serious concerns regarding possible health hazards, as mobile phones use electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range, which is harmful to susceptible young children.

The permissible upper limit of radio frequency (RF) radiation for cell phones, set by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is 1.6 w/kg (Watts of power absorbed per Kilogram of tissue)—the specific absorption rate “SAR”. To eliminate health hazards, the lower the SAR the better the phone.

The impact of cell phone radiation on humans

How can I find the SAR of my mobile phone?

  1. Visit mobile manufacturer’s forum web site and select your mobile phone model.

  3. Enter Federal Communications Commission website and Write your mobile FCC ID Number in the FCC ID.

  5. You can also find the SAR in the user manual of your mobile phone.

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