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Ban cell Phone Usage by Kids!
Given The Definite Dangers, Mobile use by Children must be Banned
28/04/2011

“Children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones,” said The Independent in 2008, quoting various research. The Department of Education in UK mentions that “Children under 16 should not use cell phones except in an emergency.” In 2008, the Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection warned that children under 16 should not use cell phones. University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute quotes, “Children should never use a cell phone except in an emergency.” Innumerable other reports speak the same language globally.

While the world is waking up to the possible disaster, India is sleeping down. An all India study by Juxt-Consult last year showed that cell phone usage among Indian children under 12 years is now almost as high as that of teenagers. A recent survey done on 3759 Indian kids across 19 cities aged between 7 and 14 and 1121 parents of kids aged 4 to 6 years by Cartoon Network in 2011 shows that cell phone access to Indian kids has grown from 17% a decade ago to 95% today. Around 50% of kids play video games on mobile phones and 9% of them have their own mobile phone. A similar study by ASSOCHAM further indicated that 66% of high school students between the age group of 16-18 are willing to keep cell phones in schools. The Indian Journal of Cancer shows that now children below 15 years of age are victims of up to 4.8% of all cancer cases in India. The overall incidence of cancer is of 38 to 124 per million children. “The number of cases of childhood cancer is increasing in India. Of the 40,000 that is reported, only 20-30 percent manage to get proper treatment,” said a Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute Gauri Kapoor in April 2011. In February 2011, an Indian inter-ministerial committee report inferred, “Children, adolescents and pregnant women should avoid excessive use of cell phones.” Girish Kumar, an IIT Bombay professor, whose research was a basis for the committee, quoted to The Times of India, “There is a 400% increase in the risk of brain cancer among teenagers using cell phones for long periods. The younger the child, the deeper is the penetration of electromagnetic radiation.” It’s still a mystery why India hasn’t considered banning cell phone sales to and usage by children. Clearly, it’s because of pro-cell phone lobbies. If you are a responsible parent, the least you can do is stop cell phone usage by your children right now.

By:- Akram Hoque
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