France to Limit Children’s Access to Mobile Phones
Hot on the heels of a 2008 ban on television programs for kids under 3, France is getting strict with new rules which will limit children’s usage and access to mobile phones. New laws prohibit advertising aimed at children under the age of 12 and bans the sale of cell phones designed for kids under 6. New limits on the allowable amount of radiation emitted from phones, and laws mandating bundled headphones with every phone will be put in place as well. Although this ban is unique in Europe, France joins a growing number of countries including Canada, Russia and Israel who have all issued warnings and laws of varying degree against cell phone use by developing children. Though a consensus has not been formed on the subject, some researchers do believe excessive cell phone use may possess a health risk.