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Should Mobile Phones be banned for under 18s?

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3                My Case Study

3                Mobile Phones


4                The Electromagnetic Spectrum

7                Microwave Radiation


8                Argument 1-For

12                Argument 2-For

19                Argument 3-Against

23                Argument 4-Against


26                Weight of Evidence    

27                Validity of Evidence

27                My reasoned judgement


28                Evaluation

29                Bibliography


My Case Study

For my GCSE Core Science case study I am attempting to answer the question:

“Should mobile phones be banned for under 18s?”

To do this I will collect and assess scientific evidence and compare the weight and validity of evidence to reach an unbiased and fair conclusion.

I have chosen this topic as I can think of many arguments both for and against and I think it is an interesting topic that is controversial. It is also so current. The debate about mobile phones has carried on since the late 1970s, when the first mobile phone technology was developed and is constantly in the news headlines today. Even nowadays there is still no definite evidence to provide a conclusion. Experiments are constantly being carried out by some of the worlds leading scientists to try to settle the mobile phone debate- and the truth may not be fully available for another 30 years. Scientists can’t decide whether it is dangerous or not and whether the precautionary principle favours either side of the argument. The precautionary principle is a theory that weighs risks with benefits to see if something is worthwhile.

It is also quite relevant as I- like most young people in Great Britain and generally the developed world- us a mobile phone on a very regular basis. This topic could therefore affect how and when I use my use of mobile phones in the future. Like most people I am not sure which conclusion I should believe in this argument and hopefully this Case Study should help me to form a fair, unbiased view on mobile phone safety.

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, which is a very high quality broadsheet. The article is fairly credible however not concrete evidence.

From this article, I can take the following points regarding mobile phones and whether they should be banned:

  • Mobile phones are seen as “funky” and “with-it” and are seen as a necessary piece of equipment for anyone. This means that people will feel that they need to have one, no matter the consequence.
  • It is common knowledge that Mobile Phones are suspected of casing cancers or tumours and despite this people are still using mobile phones.
  • Experts have made it clear that they themselves are trying to keep mobile phones away from ears due to the risks that they suspect could be true.
  • Studies have shown “that using mobiles for more than 10 years more than doubled the risk of brain cancer”.
  • Mobile Phones are more of a risk to the public than smoking-which has been proven to be a massive danger that could be terminal.
  • Mobile Phones have also been linked to cancer in the saliva gland as well as being a possibility of a cause of “sperm loss and reduced sperm motility”.
  •  It has also been linked to child behaviour and relationship problems such as bad communication and understanding of other humans by school age all the way through their life due to their pregnant mother using a phone regularly- this is a serious risk as a study showed that children whose mothers used mobile phones regularly during pregnancy are 54% more likely to have behaviour and relationship problems.
  •  One of the main problems is that a lot of people would want to keep talking a lot on their mobile phones even if risks were clear.

Argument 2-For

Newspaper Article- Daily Mail

The following is a text copy of the article on the previous page.

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Whilst there is conflict in that 2 arguments say that the British Government say that mobile phones are dangerous (especially for children) whilst document 4 says that they don’t believe this.

My reasoned judgement

I will now attempt to use my reasoned judgement to answer the question:

“Should mobile phones be banned for under 18s”.

After reviewing all of the evidence as well as the theory I don’t think mobile phones should be banned to under 18s. I think that action to be taken to stop people (especially teenagers and younger) actually phoning people using mobiles, for example a law restricting the number of minutes someone can use their phone for calling. Another option would be to make a law to stop younger children (possibly under 13s) owning or using mobile phones, however this law would be very hard to enforce.

Generally I don’t think there is enough concrete evidence to ban mobile phones to either all people are under 18s, when 16 year olds make other important decisions such as whether to go to college or finish education.

I think that the situation should be reassessed in 10-20 years when the long term affects can be clearly observed.


I have now completed this Case Study and at the start of it I had the following aim:

“I will collect and assess scientific evidence and compare the weight and validity of evidence to reach an unbiased and fair conclusion.”

I think that generally I have done all of this well to give fair results and conclusions at the end.

If I were to complete this project again, I would collect more evidence from a bigger range of media types, as I have only used 3.


  • www.phone.mobile9.com
  • www.wikipedia.org
  • www.lot.astro.utoronto.ca/
  • www.imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov
  • Twenty-first century Science GCSE Higher Text Book
  • www.smh.com
  • www.o2.com
  • www.dailymail.co.uk
  • www.bbc.co.uk
  • O2 leaflet

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