Cell phones, tablets and Wi-Fi are now a normal part of life. It is rare to see an adult without a smartphone or a home without a wireless internet connection. Children are becoming familiar with these devices and many use them on a daily basis. However, research from Dr. Martin Blank and a team of scientists at the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Colombia University, found that exposure to these devices, particularly at a young age, can have consequences.
Wi-Fi, tablets and cell phones emit radio-frequency energy, which is a type of radiation, and it is absorbed by the body tissues nearest to the energy source. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that this type of radiation may cause cancer. However, there is no consistent evidence that this is true.
Children’s brains absorb more radiation than adults’ brains. According to one study by researchers in Switzerland and France, the bone marrow in a child’s head absorbs 10 times more radiation than that of an adult. Toddlers and babies absorb even more. This means that frequent use of these gadgets results in more radiation exposure and absorption in young children.
While this is scary information for parents, the American Cancer Society, responded to WHO’s 2011 statement saying, “… there could be some risk, but that the evidence is not strong enough to be considered causal, and needs to be investigated further. The bottom line is the evidence is enough to warrant concern, but it is not conclusive.”
If you are worried about your family members being exposed to radiation from electronic devices, there are several actions you can take.
It’s a good idea to set timers and limit tech use for yourself and your family members. You may want to turn off your gadgets at night or when they are not in use for long periods of time.
Furthermore, it’s important to monitor your child’s screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children 2 to 5 years old should be limited to one hour of screen time per day. Older kids age 6 and up can have restrictions based on parents’ preferences, while infants 18 months and younger shouldn’t have any screen time.
Be Cautious How You Carry Mobile Devices
People carry their cell phones in their pockets, hands and even their bras. Be aware of how long and how often you carry your gadgets near your body. You should also avoid sleeping with your mobile device in your bed or next to your pillow, particularly on a regular basis. If your cell phone is powered on and not in use, it can still emit radiation.
Use a Headset
Instead of holding a cell phone to your ear during long telephone conversations, use a headset. Many of the best products have a mic that allows you to communicate hands-free. If you don’t have a headset, use your speakerphone.
Power Down All Possible Sources of Radiation at Night
Make it a habit to turn off your wireless router during the night, as well as your cell phone, tablet and other mobile devices. The fewer devices you have powered on in your home, the lower the risk of exposure.
Take Care of Your Body
It is crucial to take care of your family’s health. Feed them a healthy diet and ensure all members get the proper amount of sleep each night. The better your take care of your body, the easier it is to fight off any harmful exposure.
It is important to remember that while these gadgets may have some dangerous effects, you shouldn’t worry too much or be afraid of them. Simply limit screen time and be cautious.