Center for Safer Wireless
Promoting Safety in Our Wireless World
Newborns today will be exposed to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) from birth to death.  We don’t know what the long-term health consequences are from this exposure.  We can’t see, touch, taste, feel, or smell RFR , but it is all around us.  Children get exposure to radiofrequency radiation from baby monitors, cell phones;  cordless phones; cell phone towers, video game controllers; e-readers; Wi-Fi at home, Wi-Fi in schools, stores, libraries, restaurants, and soon cars.  When they reach adulthood, today’s children will have a much higher cumulative exposure to RF fields than today’s adults.
According to a 2005 research study, The Sensitivity of Children to Electromagnetic Fields, in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Regarding the long-term health effects of mobilephone use, the paucity of data, particularly for children, suggests that low-cost precautionary measures are appropriate. Physicians could advise parents that their children’s RF exposure can be reduced by restricting the length of calls or by using hands-free devices to keep mobile phones away from the head and body."

Video of Barrie Trower, retired British military expert who specializes in microwave radiation.  Mr. Trower concludes, There is no safety level for microwave radiation for children. Decide for yourself the safe level of radiofrequency radiation for kids.
                                                                                                            When he is on the phone, microwave radiation
                                                                                                            penetrates approximately 1/4 way through his
                                                                                                            brain. The arches demonstrate his microwave
                                                                                                            radiation exposure.




The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey released in January 2010 about daily media use among children and teens, which indicated mobile media helped drive up media use from 5 years ago. Media use increases substantially when children reach the 11-14 year-old age group for a total media exposure of 11 hours and 53 minutes per day. These children report “multi-tasking” or using more than one media at a time.  Children aged 8-10 years old average 7 hours and 51 minutes per day of media use. 

The most popular online media use were social networking (:22 a day), playing games (:17), and visiting video sites such as YouTube (:15).  Close to three-quarters (74%) of all 7th-12th graders say they have a profile on a social networking site. Often these sites are accessed via a cell phone as opposed to a computer.

Only about three in ten young people say they have rules about how much time they can spend watching TV, playing video games, or using computers.  When parents do set limits, children spend less time on these devises, nearly 3 hours less media per day (2:52) than those with no rules.

The survey indicates 7th-12th graders report use an average of 1 hour and 35 minutes a day sending or receiving texts. (Texting is not counted as media use in this study.)

For the full report, go to


Teenagers see cell phones as status symbols and want to convey the positive images, just as wearing attractive clothing. 

A child with a cell phone against his/her ear may not feel the effects of radiofrequency radiation on his/her body. Nevertheless, the effects are still there and can be easily demonstrated using an electrosmog detector. Children, with growing brains, nervous systems, immune systems, and thinner skulls, are more at risk from low frequency radiation absorbed within the body. The competitive wireless industry markets cell phones to children as young as 8 years old, but the younger you are, the more radiofrequency radiation permeates a young child’s brain (see MRI image).  Kids are using cell phones at a younger age than any previous generation.


Texting is safer because she is keeping the source of the microwave radiation further away from her body.





The 2005 Pediatrics research study mentioned above concludes,
 Consistent epidemiologic evidence of an association between childhood leukemia and exposure to extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields has led to their classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a “possible human carcinogen.” Concerns about the potential vulnerability of children to radio frequency (RF) fields have been raised because of the potentially greater susceptibility of their developing nervous systems; in addition, their brain tissue is more conductive, RF penetration is greater relative to head size, and they will have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults.
Parents Setting Controls
Parents need to understand the risks of children using wireless devices and make more informed choices about how and when children use wireless devices..
Adults like the idea of being in touch with their children at all times.  This is a valid safety precaution. However, what are the risks? Many doctors and scientists are worried about the biological changes that can occur from continuous cell phone use
Biological changes can cause a variety of symptoms. Symptoms are different, depending on their susceptibility and level of exposure. Short-term exposure can cause headaches, lack of concentration, fatigue, compromised immune function, dizziness, insomnia, and nausea.  Long-term exposure can increase risks of mutations such as brain tumors (see research).
She is using an air tube headset to aid her in keeping the cell phone away from her brain. The wired headset has a hollow air tube so that electromagnetic radiation stays further from her body.