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.

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Phone study will 'provide evidence base for policy'

A Government study into the effect mobiles have on a child's brain will "provide the evidence base with which to inform policy", the investigation's chief said.

Scamp's principal investigator Dr Mireille Toledano, from Imperial College London, explained:

As mobile phones are a new and widespread technology central to our lives, carrying out the Scamp study is important in order to provide the evidence base with which to inform policy and through which parents and their children can make informed life choices.

By assessing the children in year seven and again in year nine we will be able to see how their cognitive abilities develop in relation to changing use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies.

– Dr Mireille Toledano

'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.

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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