Cyber risks: protecting children from bullies – swissinfo

Social networking sites and chat forums carry risks for children that can be difficult to control. A new mobile phone package launched by the children’s organisation Pro Juventute should help to protect children from some of the dangers that lurk in cyberspace. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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  1. In the joint offer by Pro Juventute and Sunrise, there is no mention of potential health risks of electromagnetic (EM) radiation emitted by mobile phones. Children’s heads are smaller and more fragile and thus absorb more radiation, classified as “possibly carcinogenic” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
    Physicians for the Environment, which includes 1,500 doctors in Switzerland, published a press release on 22 March 2012 which calls for “strict application of the precautionary principle and lowering of limit values” for radiation emitted by wireless communication devices, including mobile phones. The association “noted with concern that the limit values established to protect the Swiss population, notably vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women, constitute insufficient protection.” It pointed out that numerous studies warn about “the serious health consequences of electromagnetic pollution for human beings.”
    In promoting the offer, Pro Juventute should have included mention of precautions to take to limit exposure to EM radiation from mobile phones: keep calls to a minimum, ensure conversations are brief or send text messages instead, wear head-sets and hold the phone away from the body. The Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (OFSP) also advises these precautionary measures.

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