Under 16? Sorry No Cell Phones, Says New Indian Guideline

Not 16? Say no to cell - Telecom unit proposes mystifying cut-off age

New Delhi, Aug. 28: Children below 16 years should be discouraged from using mobile phones, a government-affiliated cell has said, claiming the gadgets could be a health risk.

Leading international health agencies, though, say there is no scientific evidence of such risk.

Draft guidelines prepared by the Telecom Engineering Centre, which is under the department of telecommunications (DoT), say the antennae used by telecom operators radiate radio-frequency electromagnetic waves, which heat up tissues and may harm people.

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Under 16? Sorry No Cell Phones, Says New Indian Guideline

Amidst a worldwide debate among the scientific community over the health hazards posed by prolonged use of cellular phones, The Indian Department of Telecom is examining a proposal to discourage the use of mobile phones by children under the age of 16 years.

An expert’s team at the Telecom Engineering Centre, a federal agency, has come up with draft guidelines suggesting that in order to minimise health risk through radiation children below 16 years should not be allowed to use cellular phones.

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//www.medindia.net/news/Under-16-Sorry-No-Cell-Phones-Says-New-Indian-Guideline-25715-1.htm

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No cellphones for children below 16?

29 Aug 2007, 0050 hrs IST,PTI

NEW DELHI: Concerned over health hazards, government is considering norms that suggest taking precautionary steps to minimise risks associated with use of mobile phones. The draft guidelines prepared by the Telecom Engineering Centre and under consideration of the department of telecom (DoT) have suggested, among other things, that children below 16 years should be discouraged from using cell phones.

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