Particular dangers to children and pregnant women
The not yet fully developed bodies of children are far more intensively affected by harmful mobile phone radiation. That is why it is not just experts who strongly suggest that children under 16 really should not use telephones, as the potential health risks of doing so are unnaturally high for children.
Due to their thinner skulls and the resulting lower distance to the mobile phone’s antenna, a child’s head and brain is exposed to twice the radiation (measured as a SAR value) an adult is exposed to.
Essentially, children and young people have a more sensitive reaction to the radiation from baby monitors, DECT cordless phones, wireless computers and WiFi routers, mobile phones and mobile phone antennas than adults.
For example, a child’s head takes in far more radiation than an adult’s due to its small size and thinner cranial bones. This makes it even more important to protect children from the dangers of electrosmog.
This also means that deeper areas in the brain are exposed to radiation – and these are particularly sensitive areas (e.g. the pituitary gland). According to current evidence, there is sound proof that mobile radiation such as that given off by mobile phones, games consoles, tablets, PCs, printers and other devices is harmful to health.
In 2007, the European Environmental Agency put the potential risk of mobile phone radiation on the same level as asbestos and PCBs. In Russia in 2007, the Russian Radiation Protection Committee (RNCNIRP) released an urgent appeal to warn against the risks of mobile phone radiation in children and young people: through the expected prolonged use of mobile phones, tumour formation is likely by age 25 to 30; by age 50 to 60, depressive syndromes, dementia and other degeneration of the cranial nerves could be expected.
Even the German Parliament issued a warning in 2003 in the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment’s report (19th committee) – “Health and ecological aspects of mobile telecommunications and transmission devices – scientific discourse, regulatory requirements and public debate”, 2003, prior to this: “Children and other particularly sensitive people (editor’s note: pregnant women) should be particularly careful and/or exercise restraint when using mobile phones. If possible, general users of mobile phones should also use a headset or similar. With regard to headsets and hands-free equipment, research should be intensified as there are too few studies on this problematic area.”
The relevant European Council Committee (Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs) has also dealt with this problem and called for a turnaround in current mobile phone policy in a passed resolution. The resolution also implies that there is a danger for the population which should be taken seriously, particularly in the case of young people and children. Threshold values should therefore be urgently revised and the committee recommends that mobile phones should be banned from all schools and classrooms. In addition, all reasonable measures should be taken to reduce electromagnetic fields.