When it comes to cell phones, it seems there are four types of people:
- Those who act addicted. You’ve seen them (maybe you are one?) They need to be constantly available and connected. They also think it’s fine for young kids to own their own phone and talk up a storm.
- Those who use a cell phone instead of a landline because of convenience or cost factors, but the amount of time using a phone hasn’t increased significantly. The kids are given limits on cell phone use.
- Those who are wary of cell phone dangers but recognize their value for special purposes; they own a cell phone but rarely use it. They discourage use by a child. (Experts in Britain recommend children NOT use a cell phone);
- Anti-cell phone advocates who insist that anyone using a cell phone puts their own health at risk. Further, they suggest that by supporting a powerful industry that covers up known dangers of electromagnetic radiation, users are putting everyone at greater risk.
I fall into category three, spending more money than I should every month on a cell phone that is rarely used. The Sun Sentinel in Florida ran a recent article on new cell phone studies. Clearly, a call for caution and action intensifies. Let’s see what steps you can take to protect your family. . .
It’s one thing to read these reports and mumble that you hope tumors don’t increase in your family. It’s something else to make a decision to adjust cell phone habits — today!
The author of the Sun Sentinel article, Nancy McVicar, offered safety tips. They have been adapted and expanded upon here:
- Don’t use a cell phone as your primary phone. Use a corded landline phone whenever you can;
- Keep cell phone calls as brief as possible;
- Don’t allow children to use cell phones, or permit phone use for emergencies only;
- Don’t carry a cell phone in the standby mode in a pocket;
- Use a hands-free headset or use a speaker phone;
- If using a hands-free headset allow the wire to fall down the body to the phone clipped at the waist. This helps the body absorb radiation in small amounts rather than have it concentrated in the head.
- When it comes to cell phone use, following the crowd won’t protect your family. Let’s leave a legacy to the younger generation and start practicing cell phone safety now.