... but nevertheless gives tips on how to protect them

Children do not need to be protected from radiation, says the Dutch Knowledge Platform Electromagnetic Fields (EMV). At the same time it does give tips on how to protect children. For research has given no clear answer to the question whether radiation is harmful and negative long-term effects cannot be excluded. So parents will have to decide for themselves.

There is no reason to protect children any different than adults from the effects of electromagnetic radiation: this is the message of the publication "Children and mobile communications - answers to social questions" of the Dutch Knowledge Platform Electromagnetic Fields. The Knowledge Platform was established by the Dutch government in order to answer questions from authorities and citizens about electromagnetic radiation. It reaches this conclusion on the basis of a so-called literature survey, in which many studies have been examined. At the same time it points out that a number of reports do indicate negative effects, such as a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which even calls radiation 'possibly carcinogenic'.

In addition studies are mentioned which show evidence that children with behavioural problems relatively often make mobile calls. As well as a Danish study which shows a relationship between the use of mobile phones by women during pregnancy and certain behavioural problems of their children around the age they go to school. Apparently the Knowledge Platform takes these publications serious enough to hand out some tips on how to protect children from radiation. Such as: to minimize use of wireless devices, to switch them off when not in use, to choose toys without remote control, to make less or no mobile calls and to place the baby monitor further away from the bed.

Isn’t it strange to conclude that children do not need protection, while at the same time giving information about precautions? Ronald van der Graaf, spokesperson of the Knowledge Platform: "The scientific world still has different opinions about radiation; we describe and identify these different opinions as completely as possible and present them together with a perspective for action. On the basis of which everyone can draw his own conclusions and determine whether or not measures should be taken."