Healthy Living Tip #93: Delay Getting Your Child a Smartphone

It seems these days just about every child has some form of technology whether it is a cell phone or a tablet. Many parents don’t want their children falling behind the learning curve so we put a cellphone in their hands to keep them occupied and to teach them how to be independent. However, a child having a cell phone at such a young age can be more harmful than you may realize. Which is why you should delay getting your child a smartphone.

Delay Getting Your Child a Smartphone

Cell phones, like all wireless devices, emit EMF radiation, which is harmful for both children and adults. But children are even more vulnerable.

During phases of growth in children, cells divide and replicate at a much higher rate than adults. This process is called cellular mitosis. EMF radiation from wifi devices such as cellphones, tablets, and Bluetooth devices have been known to actually cause genetic mutations in DNA during cellular mitosis. Since children have higher rates of cellular mitosis than adults this DNA damage replicates more rapidly through their bodies.

Another reason why you should delay giving a child or young teen a cellphone is tech addiction. While a cell phone is not a drug, children do not know how to limit themselves from video games or other online activities. This overstimulation can cause stress on the brain, which can lead the brain to release a neurotransmitter called cortisol. Cortisol can actually harm the memory neurons in your brain.

Overstimulation can also cause the brain to feel pleasure from this activity and it in away is like an addictive substance that your mind will seek out again and again as a bad habit.

The third reason why you should think twice before giving your child a cellphone or a wifi device is that their skulls are thinner than adults and still developing, and their heads are smaller. The skull is a natural protector against radiation. Since a child’s skull is thinner than an adult’s skull, children can be more susceptible to the damages that EMF radiation can cause to their brains. And since their heads are smaller, the radiation can penetrate even more deeply into the brain than with adults. This makes the risks of exposure much higher in children and young adults.

So you should limit your child’s use of wireless devices, and consider delaying giving your children cell phones and other wireless tools and toys. Turn your devices off when not in use. Also, keep the devices as far away from their bodies when in use. The farther away from your body the better.

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