Are Wireless Baby Monitors + Smartphones Bad For Your Children?

Written by Tony Ibrahim     04/03/2013 | 01:40 | Category: INDUSTRY

Smartphones, wireless baby monitors and other wireless technologies could be putting children at risk, warns Australia's radiation watchdog.

The warning comes from the Federal Government's Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), who suggest it is too soon to conclude the radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME) emitted from wireless technologies are safe.

These findings follow the release of wireless baby monitors from brands like Belkin and D-Link. These wireless devices have been designed to sit in close range of babies, and ARPANSA warns the lack of research on their RF EME technologies on developing children is worrying.

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"Given the priority we give to children's and babies' health, and the small amount of research specifically relating to children's exposure to (emissions) it would seem wise to err on the side of caution and keep the baby monitor only as close to the baby as is necessary for it to serve its purpose,'' an ARPANSA spokesperson said to News Limited.

They recommend baby monitors, in addition to wireless security cameras, AV transmitters and wireless computer networks, should be kept at a distance "from where people spend time" in an effort to reduce exposure.



The wireless baby monitor debate is an extension of the ongoing concern over RF EME's omitted from smartphones.

The Smartphone Dilemma

The lack of research on children using smartphones is an ongoing area of concern. A fact sheet released by the World Health Organisation (Fact Sheet N°193) describes smartphones as having the potential to cause cancer by saying they're "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

"The technology is very new and it's impossible to be completely sure there isn't some risk," ARPANSA warns in their new "fact sheet."

"This is particularly true for children where there is little research evidence."

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost one in four children aged 9 own a mobile, but by high school that figure rises to 75 percent.

"One way to exercise caution is to reduce unnecessary exposure from your handset and to encourage your children to do this," ARPANSA's fact sheet states.

"Remember, it doesn't have to be done for every phone call and in an emergency there are better things to worry about."

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