Friday, October 2, 2009

Should Your Children Be Using Cell Phones?

Now that cell phones are all the rage, with grade school kids joining the pool of users, parents should be questioning how safe they are.

In a recent issue of Newsday, Environmental Working Group, a non profit organization said that more than ten years of cell phone use begins to increase chances of brain tumors, salivary gland tumors, migraines, and vertigo.

Although the industry dismisses these claims, do you really want to take a chance with your child's developing brain? With Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD,ADD, and other disorders on the rise, do our children need one more assault on their nervous systems?

If a child must have a cell phone, then when shopping for one, you should check the level of radiation that is being absorbed by the head. Environmental Working Group ( released a ranking of phones by the level of radiation emitted, but also suggest using a speaker phone and other tools to keep the device away from your ears.

It is difficult to say no to a child who sees all his or her friends using cell phones, but as parents we must ultimately do what is in the best interest of the child.

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