"The Mobile Generation" – Educated Use of Mobile Phones

 

Almost all of us use mobile phones for various purposes, and it is important we know as much as possible about them.  Mobile phones have become a favored and important tool for many of us in our daily lives.  Technological advances have enabled us to use the phone to communicate from any place and at any time, as well as to send text messages, surf the Internet, play games, make purchases through the Internet, and more.

 

We are interested to know how much you, the adolescent generation, know about your mobile phone, and how we can help you to know a little more.  To this end we have summarized the information for you, and prepared a number of activities that will make you think when, how much and in what way you will want to use your phone.  Please note the rules that will guide you towards the educated use of the mobile phone.

 

 

 

Illustration - children and mobile phones

On this site you will find information on scientific, technological and social issues related to mobile phones, you will be able to send questions to the experts at the TNUDA Center, to play games, and to learn through work sheets.

The contents and activities on the site are based on the educational program "The Mobile Generation", prepared as an educational-learning program for children and adolescents, and implemented by teachers in middle-school at a number of schools in Israel.

Some of the topics, especially those dealing with physics, are complex, and may be difficult to understand, but we hope all the same that you will not give up…the TNUDA team will be happy to receive your questions and expand the various subjects that interest you.  We will welcome feedback from you.

 

 

 

     Introductory words on mobile phones

  • Over the past few years the mobile phone has become a multi-purpose instrument of communication and information, characterized by rapidly-changing advanced technologies
  • The mobile phone enables wireless communication by electromagnetic radiation in radiofrequency (RF) and micro-wave ranges.
  • The mobile phone user is exposed to this radiation.
  • A number of studies that investigated the health effects of the use of mobile phones have indicated a suspected increase in the risk of developing tumors in the head and neck region, following exposure to the non-ionizing radiation emitted by mobile phones.
  • In view of the widespread use of this technology, and the lack of reliable scientific evidence regarding the health consequences, the need for conducting research and determining a policy for its educated use has been recognized.
  • A number of organizations throughout the world, including the Israeli Ministry of Health, have recommended adopting the 'precautionary principle' as a guide in the use of mobile phones.  All the experts in the field emphasize the importance of adopting the 'precautionary principle', especially for children and adolescents. The main instructions include holding the phone (source of radiation) away from the head and the body during use.
 
 
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