While the New York Times published its Baby iPhone App product story yesterday, Belgium was busy outlawing cell phones for kids. What information does Belgium have which compels their government to act proactively for children’s safety while the U.S. seems to remain oblivious as to health concerns around cellular emissions? Public health advocacy groups is the U.S. should be outraged.
In wasn’t too long ago, back in 2006, when national conversations were taking place trying to underscore the need that we have to protect kids from cellular emissions in the face of not knowing about the long term health concerns. The introduction of smartphones seems to have been the big game changer. They are so easy to love; it’s hard to remember that they come with a user manual indicating proximity requirements and most importantly, that these smartphones are not toys!
Frankly, the 2011 World Health Organization’s classification of cell phones as a “Class 2 B Possible Carcinogen,” should have put the final kabosh on the idea that cell phones are safe for kids. Unfortunately, the U.S. is falling way behind in its proactive posture. France, the U.K., Belgium, Israel and Russia all have legislation restricting use of non-ionizing devices and such corresponding technology by children.
Apps for babies imply that the baby will be in close proximity to the phone or cellular device. This is potentially hazardous and reckless given that cell phone manuals all restrict the end user to keep the device roughly an inch away from the body. Oh yes, but I forgot… babies can’t read.
Parents, please practice safer cell phone use with your children. Smartphone apps can be fun but they run the risk of exposing children to unacceptable levels of non-ionizing emissions.