Is radiation from mobile devices damaging our children’s DNA?

Recently, the World Health Organization  made the decision to classify the RF emission from cell Girl with phonephones as possibly carcinogenic to humans (group 2B)[1]. This has prompted many to question how safe these devices are, and what impact they are having on our children in particular.

Children may be particularly susceptible…

Because children are still developing, they have rapid cellular replication and growth rates that make them especially vulnerable to DNA damage. They also have a longer lifetime exposure to this new pervasive radiation than any previous generation.

In one controlled study, researchers from Yale University positioned a cell phone above a cage of pregnant mice. The phone was transmitting an uninterrupted active call for the entire 17 days of gestation.

When the exposed offspring were later tested, they showed signs of ADHD, and reduced transmissions in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. It’s widely known that children, due to their thinner skulls, smaller brains, softer brain tissue and far more rapidly dividing cells, are far more susceptible to damage from cell phone use than adults. This study clearly showed brain patterns are altered.[2]

As a species, humans have welcomed mobile devices, wi-fi and all other such technology with open arms; and why not? It makes life so much easier. However, these devices have not been tested for safety in regards to radiation exposure.

WHO classifies mobile phone radiation as a “possible carcinogen”…

It was back in 2011 that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a committee of 27 scientists from 14 different countries working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), concluded that exposure to cell phone radiation is a “possible carcinogen” and classified it into the 2B category — the same category as the pesticide DDT, lead, gasoline engine exhaust, burning coal and dry cleaning chemicals. The children’s health expert panel explained that, as of 2013, there are nine types of cancer linked to cell phone use, including: glioma (brain cancer), eye cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, thyroid cancer and leukaemia. It is thought that there is a latency period between mobile phone use and cancer of between 20-30 years. Brain cancer rates are believed to be double for those who have been using a phone for 10 years or more.

The Cancer Council of Australia has stated on their website, “There may be an increased risk of developing a glioma, on the same side of the head as phone use, in people with the highest level of mobile phone use”.[3]

The risks can be reduced…

There are some things that can be done to help reduce the risk of being affected by radiation from electronic devices:

–          If you have Wi-Fi internet in your home, make sure the router isn’t in a high traffic area, and try to switch it off at night if possible.

–          Don’t let kids play with mobile phones and certainly don’t let them sleep with a mobile phone switched on in their room.

–          Don’t sleep with your phone next to your head; switch it off at night.

–           Use a wired earpiece or headphones with mobile phones. As with landline phones, some people are impacted by the magnetic fields from the speaker in the ear buds, so choose a model with the greatest distance from your ear, or use air tube technology with no electronics near your ear.

–          Use caution using your mobile phone in your car. Signals bounce around inside your vehicle, and your head is the antenna.

More and more experts are becoming understandably concerned that this generation and the generations to come may well be serving as guinea pigs for the biggest research study of all time. Although we may not know the consequences of our addiction to this technology for another 50 years, it may be well worth the effort taking precautions to limit our exposure now and limit the possible damage, both for ourselves and our children.


[1] Gultekin. David et al, NMR imaging of cell phone radiation absorption in brain tissue,Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 January 2; 110(1): 58–63.

[2] Aldad, S.T et al. Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure From 800-1900 Mhz-Rated Cellular Telephones Affects Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Mice. Sci Rep. 2012; 2: 312.