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Do you let your toddler or kid 'talk' on the cell phone to granparents or whomever? I had been letting dd do this (we don't have a land line) but am now learning how bad it is and feeling pretty awful about it. It's only been a minute here and there, maybe a few times a week but I'm still worried about it. I am not letting her do it any more but was wondering what you other mamas do about cell phones . . . I really hate it when I realize that I've been exposing her unneccessarily to dangerous things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I think she is referring to the research that links cell phone usage to some brain cancers. I'm sure someone else has links to it.<br><br>
I put my cell phone on speaker phone and hold it so dd's can "talk" and I don't have to worry about the risk.
 

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There is no conclusive evidence to qualify that link, and all studies have been done on inane amounts of cell phone use....so let her chat away!
 

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Ds LOVES to talk on the cell. He has even made a few calls.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Cell phones do NOT cause cancer; it's a bunch of propaganda.
 

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The research hasn't convinced me yet that moderate/normal levels of cell phone use are a threat. That said, I wouldn't let dd talk for hours...nor would I think that being on the phone that long would be good for anyone! So dd certainly "talks" to people on the phone...but at 21mo she mostly listens and makes random comments before losing interest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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well...I don't know about cancer, but I'm sensitive to EMFs and I can not talk on my cell phone for more than 2 mintues WITH a device on it that helps alleviate the radiation (w/o the device, I can not even have it on in my hand without feeling like I want to throw it in the ocean, and yes, I've tried different brands of phones). If I talk more than 2 minutes with it up to my ear, my eardrum and whole inner ear will be numb the rest of the day/night. very annoying. So, I personally feel that children are more sensitive than most adults, so I do not let DS hold it up to his head at all. I just got a LAN line today! I'm so happy!<br><br>
Don't sweat the past though...we can only do as much as we are aware of!
 

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DS uses my headset if he's going to talk on the cellphone, and if just wants to play with it and push buttons, I switch it to "airplane mode" so it is not transmitting a signal. I am not at all convinced by the lack of evidence that cell phones cause damage-- it's such a very new technology that we have no idea what effect it might actually have on a developing brain. Maybe 50 years from now we'll actually know what the "long term" effects might be, but IMO it's too early for us as a society to know what damage we might be causing. Therefore I choose to take the cautious route with DS.
 

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DD talks on my cell phone all the time. She loves it!
 

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Ok we have a cell for emergencies only (it's a prepaid phone) but my DS has used my sister's phones and I guess I didn't really thnk anything of it.
 

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I have a hunch it's very, very bad. I can't substantiate my hunch except for with a bunch of "my friend said..." but it has convinced me I should keep my kids away from it as long as I can. Speakerphone, when I can't!
 

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FWIW...I don't think the OP was talking about not wanting to let her dc talk with the relatives...just the signifigant health concern of using cell phones. Seems like there was some confusion there.<br><br>
I used to only have a cell phone as we lived off the grid, and let dd use it whenever she talked to family. Now I only have a prepaid phone and use it for emergencies so no way...I have read much of what is said about them and I am concerned, but there are sooooo many millions of things that we avoid, if I was back in the place I was before I would likely continue to let her use the phone and hope the research didn't kick me in the ass as the years passed by.
 

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My kids love the cell - no cancer-causing link at all...
 

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I'm playing it cautious with this one. It's known that proximity to high voltage devices correlate to cancer, for example (I'm not saying a cell phone is such a device but rather that it doesn't seem like such a far stretch to suggest the radiation could be harmful).<br><br>
We're not paranoid but we decided years ago we didn't need a microwave. No idea if that's harmful, but really no point in using one if we didn't need to. We got a cell phone years ago, then were one of the very few to actually get rid of it. Now we have one again because we have VOIP only phones in the house, no landline - and the cell phone seemed like the SAFE way of reducing our risks in emergencies.<br><br>
We have not yet had the opportunity for DD to talk on the cell phone (it's not that we've prevented her, we just don't use it or need it very much) but I will allow her to do so for a few minutes at a time, no problem. But I'm aware of the question here and would discourage her from using a cell phone for a longer conversation than necessary - cell phones to me are about quick talks ("I forgot, while you're at the store can you get bread?", "We're in traffic so we'll probably be there in an hour") and emergencies, rather than as a primary means of telephone conversation.
 

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what is "airplane mode" how do i switch it on?<br>
i have had reservations and i have let dd play with the phone. less for talking, more for playing- like on a long car trip.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm playing it cautious with this one. It's known that proximity to high voltage devices correlate to cancer, for example (I'm not saying a cell phone is such a device but rather that it doesn't seem like such a far stretch to suggest the radiation could be harmful).<br><br>
We're not paranoid but we decided years ago we didn't need a microwave. No idea if that's harmful, but really no point in using one if we didn't need to. We got a cell phone years ago, then were one of the very few to actually get rid of it. Now we have one again because we have VOIP only phones in the house, no landline - and the cell phone seemed like the SAFE way of reducing our risks in emergencies.<br><br>
We have not yet had the opportunity for DD to talk on the cell phone (it's not that we've prevented her, we just don't use it or need it very much) but I will allow her to do so for a few minutes at a time, no problem. But I'm aware of the question here and would discourage her from using a cell phone for a longer conversation than necessary - cell phones to me are about quick talks ("I forgot, while you're at the store can you get bread?", "We're in traffic so we'll probably be there in an hour") and emergencies, rather than as a primary means of telephone conversation.</div>
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We are about the same except we do have a microwave. Cell phones are so new that I don't want to wait to hear something bad happens before restricting use with my toddler. And did someone come back with a rebuttal of the British study that said kids under 8 shouldn't be using them? I didn't read the study so I don't know anything about it other then the conclusions drawn by the British government.<br><br>
That said, I don't think a minute here or there would be too bad but why not use the landline instead if you have one?
 
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