May 20, 2014 | Georgie

I was so excited when I got my first mobile phone - I could make calls anywhere! But now that I use my mobile for so much more, I worry that I use it too much.

Researchers theorise that the developing brains of children may be more susceptible to over-use of mobile phones. They will investigate this by tracking the mobile usage and cognitive development of 2500 children aged 11 to 12.

Whatever the results, I think we should all cut down on our mobile phone use and enjoy what's around us more.

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Seventy per cent of 11- and 12-year-olds own a mobile phone.

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Margaret Hopker

June 18, 2014 at 12:31

The gathering of metals for parts inside a mobile phone and making and assembling phones is a controversial subject. Workers are becoming sick from this type of work, especially in poor parts of the world. Some Chinese workers have become very sick, and are sworn to secrecy, which will not help research into better ways of developing the processing.

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