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Yvette likes to play with our mobile phone so with that I didn’t buy her any a play mobile phone. But after reading a post about “Mobile Alert” in Young Parents, I changed my mind and quickly headed down to Toys R Us to get Yvette a phone toy. I gotten Yvette this Elmo Phone (I wanted to get Vtech Tiny Touch Phone , SS$31.90 recommended by YP) but i opt for the other option because I can’t find it there.
To cut the story short, when I brought this toy, the sound was loud and clear. After I removed it from packaging (in class) on Monday, the sound became soft. I quickly went down to Toy R Us to check with the staff. The staff told me “battery weak”, “go home and change” without even check for me. :S
I went back home to change the battery, the sound still soft. 😦
I decided to went back to Toys R Us to change for another phone on Tuesday but Yvette was down with rashes.
So I only went back to the toy store today and learnt about this little hole behind the phone to be inserted with a piece of plastic call Battery Saver. The staff there helped me to fix the phone inserted a piece of plastic and the “loud” sound really come back
Here the extract of the article on “Mobile Alert” in YP.
Is it safe for my baby to play with my mobile phone?
There are many studies conducted over the years to determine if there is an increased risk of brain tumour associated with the use of mobile phones. Most did not find any association with increased risk. But there is still significant scientific uncertainty, especially over long-term health implications after 10 years of usage. And because none of these studies were conducted with children, no one knows what the risk is to them.
What we do know is that the use of mobile phones is know to affect sleep patterns and cognitive function (memory and attention), and may cause headaches and dizziness in sensitive individuals. In light of this, the World Health Organization advises caution, advocating the Alara principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable), or the prudent avoidance principle when allowing infants and young children to play with or use the mobile phone.
After reading this article, I have another thought… When to give Yvette a mobile phone in the future when mobile phone now is a necessity (not luxury anymore)?