The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which represents more than 64,000 pediatric medical providers in the U.S, released these 10 recommendations for cell phone use this September, 2016. 8

  • Use text messaging when possible, and use cell phones in speaker mode or with hands-free headsets.
  • When talking on the cell phone, try holding it an inch or more away from your head.
  • Make only short or essential calls on cell phones.
  • Avoid carrying your phone against the body – such as in a pocket, sock, or bra.
  • Do not talk on the phone or text while driving. This increases the risk of automobile crashes.
  • Exercise caution when using a phone or texting while walking or performing other activities. 
  • If you plan to watch a movie on your device, download it first, then switch to airplane mode while you watch in order to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure.
  • Keep an eye on your signal strength (how many bars you have). The weaker your cell signal, the more radiation your phone gives off. It is better to wait for a stronger signal before using your device.
  • Avoid making calls in cars, elevators, trains, and buses. The cell phone works harder to get a signal through metal, so the power level increases.
  • Remember that cell phones are not toys or teething items.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Reserch on Cancer classified the radiation from all wireless devices as a possible carcinogen. 

Compared with adults, children absorb twice as much RFR into the skull and ten times more into the skull’s bone marrow, according to IARC.


Additional Safety Tips
for Using Wireless Devices


  • Minimize children’s use and exposure to wireless radiation.  Turn off WiFi and cellular access on devices used by kids.
  • Use wired connections. Use a wired, corded landline as your primary phone. Forward cell phone calls to your land line. Use wired Internet connections using Ethernet cable.
  • Distance is your friend. Keep the phone away from your head and body.
  • ShowtheFinePrint.org provides manufacturers’ warnings, most which caution to keep cell phones at least 5/8 inch away.
  • Be sure tablets and laptops are at least 8 inches from the body.
  • Use a hands-free headset or speakerphone. 
  • Avoid BlueTooth headsets, which transmit the radiation even closer to the brain.
  • Use airplane mode on all wireless devices whenever possible. It allows use of the clock, camera, and downloaded games/data. This turns off WiFi and BlueTooth, significantly reducing the radiation levels.
  • If you are pregnant or planning for a baby, minimize your use of all wireless devices. Do not use a tablet or laptop near your belly.
  • For iPads:  Use adaptors to access the internet via Ethernet wires. See Responsibleipad.com for details.
  • Turn off wireless functions on your mouse, printer, laptop, tablet, smart TV, iFit and Apple Watches5, 9, 10, 11

Reliable Resources For More Information

  1. The Environmental Health Trust, found at EHTrust.org provides cutting-edge research and education on the effects of microwave radiation and other environmental toxins. Go to their Policy tab to see their International Policy Actions on Wireless, featuring the protective actions of 22 countries and communities in seven U.S. states.
  2. The BabySafeProject.org provides education on EMF exposure for pregnant women, as well as medical providers. More than 100 medical professionals from around the world have endorsed the project.
  3. The Bioinitiative.org produced two widely-respected compilations of EMF-related scientific studies (in 2007 and 2012) by 29 international EMF scientists from 10 counties. It contains more than 3,500 studies, the majority finding significant health effects from microwave radiation.
  4. EMFScientist.org These 225 EMF scientists from 41 nations have appealed to the UN and the WHO for protective safety standards for microwave radiation. These are the most reliable scientists in the world whose more than 2,000 peer-reviewed studies are not confounded by conflicts of interest.
  5. Emf-portal.org/en is a database of over 22,000 publications and studies on EMFs. Based at Aachen University in Germany. Enter any health condition that might be related to EMFs and see related scientific studies.
  6. ElectronicSilentSpring.com Published by medical journalist Katie Singer; excellent information in understandable language about the environmental and health effects of microwave radiation. Go to “Katie’s Hot List” for her comprehensive document “Inviting Discussion About Safer Tech Use in Schools.”
  7. For those who are sensitive: ElectricSense.com and EMFAnalysis.com both provide practical advice for identifying sources of EMFs and how to heal from electro-hypersensitivity.
  8. ShowTheFinePrint.org has manufacturers’ safety warnings for many wireless devices on specifically how far to keep the device off the body to avoid heating the skin.
  9. Octowired.com provides practical advice for hard-wiring iPads, Chromebooks, and entire classrooms.
  10. LessEMF.com sells hundreds of products for measuring and shielding from EMFs. They sell protective fabrics and bed canopies for creating a healthy sleep sanctuary.
  11. Mercola.com Dr. Mercola sells a “Blue Tube” headset that works well for iPhones and helps provide distance and radiation reduction while talking on the phone.
  12. The International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology - found at hbelc.org - provides courses, seminars, and education on creating healthy homes and workplaces. See their advice on sleep sanctuaries.
  13. The Vesica Institute - founded in Asheville and located at Vesica.com - provides Egyptian BioGeometry’s energetic corrections for EMFs, invented by Dr. Ibrahim Karim of Cairo. These are particularly important​ “qualitative” means of correcting EMF levels when we cannot control the “quantitative” radiation levels.