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POLL: Do you think restrictions should be in place for children under 14 using mobile phones?

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

Teenage girls with mobile phones

Should we limit the amount of time children are allowed with technology?

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A study will track thousands of children aged between 11 and 14 to see if exposure to mobile phones and Wi-Fi affect their mental development.

Little is currently known about this subject as previous research has focused on adults and the risk of brain cancer. The study, which is the largest of its kind in the world, will assess the children’s cognitive ability, including their thinking skills, memory and attention before the tests are repeated in 2017. The youngster will also install an app that will capture things like the duration of calls, texts and internet use.

This research is being carried out by Imperial College and the University of London and has been commissioned by the Department of Health. Although there has been no association between health issues and mobile phones so far, this study is important because 70% of children aged 11-12 have mobile phones and it is thought that children’s brains may be more vulnerable because they are still developing.

The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones (SCAMP) will write to 160 secondary schools in the outer London area inviting pupils to take part.

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  • Booboobunny  |  May 20 2014, 11:05AM

    The bottom line here is that in todays society children are not getting enough physical exercise. As well as learning about technology etc they also need to partake in physical exercise. This is especially important in a childs growth because they need to build a healthy robust physical body as well as a healthy balanced mental thought processor (the mind).

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