Finnish Group Recommends Special Considerations for Children’s Cellphone Use

January 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Lifestyle

Call for Prudence: According to, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK) released a statement asking that parents restrict children’s cellphone use.

But for anyone looking for a resolution of the long-running “do cellphones cause brain cancer?” issue are in for a disappointment:

Although studies carried out thus far have not shown mobile phone radiation to have had any adverse impact on health, prudence is advised when it comes to children as not all the effects are known

Too bad the STUK didn’t bother compiling any hard data. Finland, after all, is one of the world’s centers of mobile technology, thanks to a certain company named Nokia. You’d assume the STUK would be in a great position to clarify the issue somewhat.

The recommendation is all about playing safe, no doubt, and that may prove the right way if and when more concrete data over cellphone radiation is produced. The body matter of children after all are still growing up, while the fully-developed anatomy of adults just may be more resilient against any potential bad effects of cellphones.

To be clear though, the STUK wasn’t calling for the prohibition of chilren cellphone usage. As Virtual Finland reports:

STUK said parents should tell children to favour texting over calls and to instruct them on the use of hands-free devices.

In other news, the makers of headsets and SMS app developers professed joy at the STUK’s call. Just kidding.

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