The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, with the the equivalent role of our Health Protection Agency, has expressed concern at the marketing of mobile phones to children and teenagers and has stated that it believes that the risk to children from mobile phones is not much lower than the risk to children’s health from tobacco or alcohol.

The Committee explains this high potential risk as follows:

  • the absorption of electro-magnetic energy in a child’s head is considerably higher than that in the head of an adult (a child's brain has higher conductivity, smaller size, thin skull bones, smaller distance from the antenna etc.)

  • children are more sensitive to electro-magnetic fields than adults

  • childrens' brains have higher sensitivity to the accumulation of the adverse effects from chronic exposure to the electro-magnetic fields

  • electro-magnetic fields affect higher nervous activity

  • today’s children will spend a longer time using mobile phones than today’s adults will do

The Committee states that children mobile phone users are likely to face the following hazards in the near future:

  • disruption of memory

  • decline of attention

  • diminishing learning and cognitive abilities

  • increased rritability

  • sleep problems

  • increase in sensitivity to stress

  • increased epileptic readiness

It states that children have the following possible long-term health risks:

  • brain tumors

  • tumors of acoustical and vestibular nerves (at age 25-30)

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • dementia

  • depressive syndrome

  • other types of degeneration of the nervous structures of the brain (at age 50 to 60).