'Biggest investigation' launched into effects of mobiles

The "world's biggest investigation" into the effects on the developing brains of children has been launched, the Department of Health has announced.

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Scientists picked children aged 11 to 12 because that is the most common age for children to first get a phone. Credit: PA

An estimated 2,500 school children will take part in the Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones (Scamp) as they have functions like memory and attention span tested.

Children aged between 11 and 12 will take part in an initial series of tests before being examined again two years later.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranked forward-looking studies of the effects of mobile phones on children and adolescents as a "highest priority research need".

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Investigation into effects of mobiles on children launched

The world's biggest investigation into the effects of mobile phones on a child's brain has been launched, according to the Department of Health. Memory and attentions will both be examined in the Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones.