Scampering along to see if mobiles harm children

The SCAMP (Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones) Study is announced today led by researchers from Imperial College involving around 2,500 London school children aged around 11-12 with a view to ascertaining if  “…mobile phones and wireless technologies affect children’s cognitive development”.

The background they say is:

  • “Seventy percent of 11-12 year olds in the UK now own a mobile phone, rising to 90 per cent by age 14.”
  • “Current UK health policy guidelines advise that children under 16 should be encouraged to use mobile phones for essential purposes only, where possible use a hands-free kit or text and, if calls are really necessary, to keep them short. An NHS leaflet giving this advice was produced in 2011 and that advice still stands.”
  • “While there is no convincing evidence that radio wave exposures from mobile phones effect health, scientists remain uncertain as to whether children’s developing brains are more vulnerable than adults’ brains, due to their developing nervous system, enhanced absorption of energy in head tissue, and increased cumulative exposure over their lifetime.”
  • “SCAMP is an independent, three-year study commissioned by the Department of Health, on behalf of multiple funders” (these comprise both public & private sector organisations covering all of the UK including Vodafone; Orange; O2; T-mobile; Arqiva; and Carphone Warehouse).

This image from the Imperial College webpage almost says it all.

Many of the kids will have smartphones together with at least use of laptops, PC’s tablets and other connected devices. Also WiFi is virtually ubiquitous, existing on the high street in most homes and even in schools!

Quite possibly one of the challenges will be to find the children who ARE NOT using connected devices and who have no exposure to WiFi!

http://www.scampstudy.org

We see that whilst the listed website for further info is a little embryonic that least their twitter presence is fully operational! @scampstudy

Update pm All fixed now & worth a visit.

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