Q. Are wireless phones safe for children?

A. The scientific evidence does not show a danger to users of wireless phones, including children and teenagers.

Reducing the time of wireless phone use and increasing the distance between the user and the radiofrequency energy (RF) source will reduce RF exposure.

Some groups sponsored by other national governments have advised that children be discouraged from using wireless phones at all. For example, the government in the United Kingdom distributed leaflets containing such a recommendation in December 2000.

They noted that no evidence exists that using a wireless phone causes brain tumors or other ill effects. Their recommendation to limit wireless phone use by children was strictly precautionary; it was not based on scientific evidence that any health hazard exists.

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Published: Aug 30, 2005