Monday, October 03, 2005

DIGILIFE | Children and the cell phone revolution

Last week, the results of a long-term study of the health effects of using mobile phones was published in Britain. The study spanned 7 years, and came up with a simple result: mobile use among adults cannot be conclusively connected to health problems, and therefore is not considered harmful.

However, the study did caution against the use of mobile by children and early teens- also known as ‘tweens’, between the ages of 8 and 12- in addition to those with underlying diseases that may, potentially, be affected by mobile signal exposure.

On the subject of children, there is a growing debate in Europe and the USA regarding the pros and cons of children using mobiles.To begin with, the pros are obvious: the ability to stay in touch with a child could be important in certain situations.

The cons though are more. For a start, a mobile brings with it all kinds of changes in social behavior, and could potentially spoil a child. Then, there’s the matter of health issues.In the United States, several children's advocacy groups, including Alliance for Childhood, Commercial Alert, and National Consumers League, are asking Congress to investigate the marketing of mobile phones to kids.

They are concerned about children's safety, privacy, education, and health. Privacy advocates even go as far as worrying that pedophiles may use cell phones to contact children. They also argue that cell phones will become a vehicle for showing advertisements to children and ultimately reaching their parents' wallets.

The study in Britain details the health risks. The British National Radiological Protection Board, warns of the possibility that mobile phones could cause benign tumors of the ear and brain. The NRPB urges parents not to provide cell phones to children under 8 years old.

Still, a new wave of mobiles for children are being manufactured in the USA and Europe, aimed at children as young as 6 years old. To add to that, mobile service companies (operators) all over the world, including Jordan, consider ‘tweens’ as a key segment and they are planning to target them. I find it offensive to think that any business would be ‘targeting’ children with a grown-up product.

As a parent, I can’t imagine giving my daughter a mobile phone at the age of 8. When I first used one, I was 24! And I find it unacceptable to be unable to somewhat monitor her ‘communication activities’ during the night and day. How will it affect her schoolwork? How will it affect her social upbringing?When we were children, we did just fine without mobiles.

Simply, we couldn’t go anywhere unless we told our parents first and we had be home on time, as agreed, because we couldn’t call them to tell them we’d be late. No excuses, no unnecessary communication.

Those were simpler times, for sure. But, more importantly, they were more disciplined and probably healthier times too!


At 2:08 PM , Blogger swissred said...

Really interesting adware post. I'm the webmaster of an download adware 6 website, feel free to grab info from there for your next posts.

At 7:45 AM , Blogger Eman said...

Hey Zeid, thanks for the post, very informative and very interesting to read :)

At 1:31 AM , Blogger PolarTrader said...


I really enjoy your blog aimed at VoiP Solution.
This VoiP Soulution is based on P2P and I'am very impressed of all the options. It must be some of the best Voip Solutions Architecture on the net.
As an Affiliate you get a very lucrative income potentials, Total company payout: 90%
solution uk voip
solution uk voip


Trond K.

At 1:21 AM , Blogger WorldTrader said...


I really enjoy your blog aimed at VoiP Solution.
This VoiP Soulution is based on P2P and I'am very impressed of all the options. It must be some of the best Voip Solutions Architecture on the net.
As an Affiliate you get a very lucrative income potentials, Total company payout: 90%
cisco solution voip
cisco solution voip


Trond K.

At 6:59 PM , Blogger WorldTrader said...

I found a new article spyware submit. Post your Articles, Get Free Content. article spyware submit

At 4:25 PM , Blogger quali-flyer said...

90 % of all Computers are infected by Spyware, Adware & other Malware. Protect your Privacy on your System with the Web's best Products from my spyware Site.

At 2:54 AM , Blogger summer said...

Protect your Privacy and your Files on your Computer. Scan it for free now! Click here: free adware download

At 6:27 PM , Blogger BLANCHE said...

Nice blog. Have you seen your google rating? BlogFlux It's Free and you can add a Little Script to your site that will tell everyone your ranking. I think yours was a 3. I guess you'll have to check it out.

Computer News
Microsoft lawsuit is called a 'charade'

In a simmering legal tussle, Google, the Internet search company, is asking a judge to reject Microsoft's bid to keep a prized research engineer from taking a job at Google, saying that Microsoft filed a lawsuit to frighten other workers from defecting.

Microsoft sued the research engineer, Kai-Fu Lee, and Google last week, asserting that by taking the Google job, Lee was violating an agreement that he signed in 2000 barring him from working for a direct competitor in an area that overlapped with his role at Microsoft.

"This lawsuit is a charade," Google said in court documents filed before a hearing on Wednesday in Seattle. "Indeed, Microsoft executives admitted to Lee that their real intent was to scare other Microsoft employees into remaining at the company."

Google countersued last week, seeking to override Microsoft's noncompete provision so that it can retain Lee.

"In truth, Kai-Fu Lee's work for Microsoft had only the most tangential connection to search and no connection whatsoever to Google's work in this space," Google said in court documents.

The judge in the case, Steven Gonzalez of Superior Court, who heard arguments in the case on Wednesday, said he expected to issue a ruling on Thursday.

Google's filings include details about a conversation Lee had with Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, suggesting that his company was becoming increasingly concerned about Google's siphoning of talent, and perhaps intellectual property.

Lee said Gates told him in a meeting on July 15, referring to Microsoft's chief executive, Steven Ballmer: "Kai-Fu, Steve is definitely going to sue you and Google over this. He has been looking for something like this, someone at a VP level to go to Google. We need to do this to stop Google."

A Microsoft spokeswoman, Stacy Drake, declined to comment on Gates's statement directly.

"Our concern here is the fact that Dr. Lee has knowledge of highly sensitive information both of our search business and our strategy in China," she said.

Lee said Google did not recruit him and had not encouraged him to violate any agreement he had with Microsoft.

Microsoft countered that Lee's job with Google gave him ample opportunity to leak sensitive technical and strategic business secrets. Microsoft noted that Lee attended a confidential, executive-only briefing in March, which was labeled "The Google Challenge."

"In short, Dr. Lee was recently handed Microsoft's entire Google competition 'playbook,"' Microsoft said.

Lee joined Microsoft in August 2000 after he helped to establish its research center in China. At one point, Microsoft said, he was in charge of the company's work on MSN Search.

Microsoft and Google, along with Yahoo, are locked in a fierce battle to dominate search, both online and through desktop search programs. Google has begun offering new services, including e-mail, that compete with Microsoft offerings.

Microsoft said it had paid Lee well in exchange for his promises to honor confidentiality and noncompete agreements.

The company said that Lee made more than $3 million during nearly five years at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and that he earned more than $1 million last year.

Microsoft asserts that there is "an extremely close between the work Lee did at Microsoft and what he will be doing at Google.

Google argued otherwise, insisting that Lee is not a search expert and noting that his most recent work at Microsoft was in speech recognition.

Copyright © - 2005 Entireweb

Music Download

At 4:42 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Hey, I came by actually looking for a specific blog but got yours instead. However, you seem to have a great blog here!

I have a dating submit article site. It pretty much is about dating submit article .

Come and take a look if you get time :-)

At 12:28 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a article credit free rating submit site which mostly consists of article credit free rating submit related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

At 11:59 PM , Blogger Kim said...

The more I read other blogs it really gives me great ideas. Your is good.

My research article site is all about research article.

I think you will like it.

At 1:09 PM , Blogger telekom said...

Hi, Need to know about telecommunications story or update, so visit my website **Telecom** site/blog. It pretty much covers Telecommunications Updates related stuff.

Have a nice day.

At 12:39 AM , Blogger Kazzrie said...

Calling ALL Affiliates!!
Now here is the deal of the month. Hurry ....only 24 places left for the Affiliate Bootbamp at FX Networking

At 9:15 AM , Blogger BTR Beta said...

Home Pride Portable Clothes Dryer
play station ps2
Dry clothes virtually anywhere with the Portable Dryer. Take it with you on a vacation, business trip or use it at home or in your RV.

The Home Pride Portable Dryer will gently dry just about anything, from damp machine-washed clothing to wet ski boots. It will enable you to dry just-washed blankets, lingerie, shoes and clothes. Simply mount it on a door frame and let the dryer do its work. It features a zip-over plastic cover that enables effective drying. Space-saving design is easy to put together and take apart. Dries clothes gently with warm airflow. Save ironing time
play station ps2

At 4:44 PM , Blogger JT said...

Great Blog! A real pleasure to read! Do you know that Traffic Portals will really boost your conversion rates and generate exclusively yours leads? We offer VOIP webinars - Marketing Courses Using Web Conferences about Traffic Portals I also have a website that talks about various high profile topics such as Retirement and includes an eBusiness Directory. I also would like to tell all of you reading this terrific blog about Retirement that should you be in need of a terrific host for a serious eCommerce Website that is Awesome Hosting value! They have the best online support team for all of your technical questions and a 3 minute emergency pager too. Looking to start your own affiliate program? They have an excellent script for you! They give you $70,000 dollars worth of software to build just about any type of e-commerce website you need! Go check it out if you get a chance. You can make more money than you spend and Create Free Will for Yourself! Again, Great Blog! Thanks. The info on Retirement Sooner was very informative!

At 3:26 PM , Blogger Joe Muka said...

Hi, Saw your site late night. Some of your ideas I may use for my site about dla firm voip It's kind of a boring topic...I liked some of your info.

At 3:14 PM , Blogger A. Weinberger said...

Hi, Thanks for your interesting blog. Keep up the great work! I also have a site & blog about evectis mesh voip wireless, please feel free to visit.

At 5:34 AM , Blogger brian said...

Informative blog you have here. Here is mine music shopping

At 12:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


We may share some interest part of telecommunications story or update, so visit my website **Telecom** site/blog. It pretty much covers Telecommunications Updates related stuff.

Have a nice day.

At 4:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

endless number of these wonderful finds, what with the Internet being a vast network of constantly evolving ideas and all!

At 8:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool blog you have. I have a ascom pager related site. Check it out if you get a chance. The URL is ascom pager

At 3:41 PM , Blogger Salihu said...

Great post. very informative. wish i could run a blog like yours.updating a blog regularly is not easy. An article submission site is easier to run. set up the site and allow authors to submit articles .keep up the good work.

At 8:46 AM , Blogger Telco Mom said...

Nice article. I think it's a very important issue and you covered it well.

I am also addressing similar issues around how modern communications affect kids. You might want to take a look at my blog.

At 1:21 AM , Anonymous binoculars for night vision said...

black mold exposureblack mold symptoms of exposurewrought iron garden gatesiron garden gates find them herefine thin hair hairstylessearch hair styles for fine thin hairnight vision binocularsbuy night vision binocularslipitor reactionslipitor allergic reactionsluxury beach resort in the philippines

afordable beach resorts in the philippineshomeopathy for big with great mineral makeup bargainsmineral makeup wholesalersprodam iphone Apple prodam iphone prahacect iphone manualmanual for P 168 iphonefero 52 binocularsnight vision Fero 52 binocularsThe best night vision binoculars here

night vision binoculars bargainsfree photo albums computer programsfree software to make photo albumsfree tax formsprintable tax forms for free craftmatic air bedcraftmatic air bed adjustable info hereboyd air bedboyd night air bed lowest pricefind air beds in wisconsinbest air beds in wisconsincloud air beds

best cloud inflatable air bedssealy air beds portableportables air bedsrv luggage racksaluminum made rv luggage racksair bed raisedbest form raised air bedsaircraft support equipmentsbest support equipments for aircraftsbed air informercialsbest informercials bed airmattress sized air beds

bestair bed mattress antique doorknobsantique doorknob identification tipsdvd player troubleshootingtroubleshooting with the dvd playerflat panel television lcd vs plasmaflat panel lcd television versus plasma pic the bestThe causes of economic recessionwhat are the causes of economic recessionadjustable bed air foam The best bed air foam

hoof prints antique equestrian printsantique hoof prints equestrian printsBuy air bedadjustablebuy the best adjustable air bedsair beds canadian storesCanadian stores for air beds

migraine causemigraine treatments floridaflorida headache clinicdrying dessicantair drying dessicantdessicant air dryerpediatric asthmaasthma specialistasthma children specialistcarpet cleaning dallas txcarpet cleaners dallascarpet cleaning dallas

vero beach vacationvero beach vacationsbeach vacation homes veroms beach vacationsms beach vacationms beach condosmaui beach vacationmaui beach vacationsmaui beach clubbeach vacationsyour beach vacationscheap beach vacations

bob hairstylebob haircutsbob layeredpob hairstylebobbedclassic bobCare for Curly HairTips for Curly Haircurly hair12r 22.5 best pricetires truck bustires 12r 22.5


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home