In general, cell phone use, wireless computer networks and other new wireless telecommunication technologies such as blue-tooth devices have only been available since the last two decades. These technologies have also been used for longer periods by adults. Only recently have we seen an increase in radiofrequency field (RF) exposure from wireless telecommunication devices in young people. Since exposure to radiofrequency fields emitted from these devices is expected to increase among children and adolescents, researchers are now conducting more research on children for a number of reasons: (1) the belief that their developing neurological system may be more sensitive to the effects of RF, (2) the potential greater energy absorption in children’s brain relative to adults, and (3) the higher lifetime cumulative exposure associated with exposures to RF beginning at earlier ages. A number of countries and organizations have recommended a precautionary approach to mobile phone use by children until more scientific data is available because of the concerns noted above. Peer-reviewed studies have been published on prenatal and postnatal exposures, children, adolescent, exposure assessment, dosimetry, and prevalence of cell phone use. Ongoing epidemiological studies of mobile phone use in young people are described below. A reference list of the latest research papers in each relevant research area is provided.
A detailed report based on expert opinion/elicitation was published in September 2009 reviewing and evaluating the current state of the scientific literature on children’s health and radiofrequency field exposure from mobile phones and base stations.
Ongoing epidemiological studies in young people
Prevalence of mobile phone use in young people
Studies examining prenatal and postnatal exposures
Studies examining children’s exposure and health effects