These stats are found here http://emfjournal.com/cell-phone-ban/ and are dated Oct, 2009. So many more countries have followed suit since then. In the meantime, the US is amping up its campaign for 'family plans' and continue to market phones to children.
Countries ban use of cell phones by Children
- · India - No use in children under 16 years of age (also it is an illegal offense for an expecting Mother to use the cell phone)
- · Israel - No use in children under 12 years of age
- · Russia - General limitation; no use under 12 years
- · France - No long calls, no use under 16, banning of advertising to children under 12, mandatory earphones with all cell phones
- · Japan - General limitation under 18 years of age
- · Tajikistan – in Central Asia bans mobile phones from schools and Universities (11MAR09) to boost education. If caught carrying or talking on a cell phone, they will be fined.
- · United Kingdom – General limitation under 12 years of age
- · Toronto‘s public health department has recommended children under eight should use a cell phone only in emergencies.
- · Health warnings for children and the use of WiFi in the classroom have also recently arisen out of Germany.
- · Dr. Devra Davis, Healthy Child Advisory Board Member and Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA quotes:
Last year, 46% of US children aged 8-12 used cell phones. Children under the age of 12 should not use cell phones unless in an emergency situation. If they must use cell phones, make sure they connect using a headset.
Me again. Did we all get that JAPAN has banned cel phones under the age of 18?!?!?! If this is not a sign I don't know what is. The average Japanese child watches more TV than any other in the world, and here they are with a 'general ban' for all under 18! The makers of more phones than anyone else and probably the country with the most to lose financially for a ban of this kind. And they've done it.
Most of theses countries also have a ban on wi-fi where children are concerned. Major cities have taken it out of schools and libraries while our schools proudly boast school-wide wi-fi. Libraries, coffee shops & hotels brag the same.
And how about India? Illegal for pregnant women to use! wow. But those countries do not stand to profit from illness the way our American system is set up- so it's a win/win for the corporations. sigh.
On an up note, our cities still do have some local power as recently expressed by San Francisco's ban on Happy Meals (http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/02/business/la-fi-happy-meals-20101103).
Though I'm not really in favor of bans and laws and all of that, it is kinda nice to see the tables turned for once and have the big boys have their profit grubbing hands slapped.