Taiwan Mulls Mobile Phone Ban for School Children

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Taiwan are considering whether to ban the use of mobile phones in schools by children under age 15.

Ministry of Education officials say they will hold a meeting to discuss the recommendation from a private-sector environmental group. The proposal was prompted by a World Health Organization report last week saying mobile phone use may cause cancer.

Taiwan's Central News Agency quoted a ministry official saying experts, parents, doctors and school officials will be invited to participate in the meeting. A date for the meeting has not been set.

The WHO reported on May 31 that electromagnetic fields created by mobile phones might be a cause of cancer in humans, especially when held close to the head over extended periods. The organization stressed that the evidence of a link is not conclusive.