Feeds

Kids phone pulled over safety concerns

'Foolish, ignorant to ignore these findings'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Website security in corporate America

A mobile phone targeted specifically at young children has been withdrawn from sale in the UK over safety fears.

Communic8 Ltd, the Kent distributor for the MYMO phone, pulled the product today following concerns contained in an official report headed by the Government's radiation experts warning about the dangers faced by young children who use cellphones.

The MYMO phone was marketed as easy to use for young children and contained five pre-selected numbers that kids could call in an emergency.

Following the publication of yesterday's report by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPD), Communic8 said: "The decision to withdraw the product is taken in light of this new evidence, suggesting that long term exposure can damage health, especially in the underdeveloped skull tissue of very young children.

"Although we feel the product if used as recommended with parental guidance is safe, we are not experts in either the radiation or medical fields that [the NRPD] team are. It would be foolish, ignorant even if we were to simply ignore these findings as we are sure the major manufacturers will find all too easy to do.

"Simple common sense has convinced us, that even the remotest possibility of our product becoming health risk to any child is unacceptable.

"We sincerely hope the networks and manufacturers deliberately targeting young children will follow the lead of a small independent company. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience, and thank them very much for their support for a product we had hoped would make children safer." ®

Related stories

Mobile phone risk to kids
Mobile phones 'alter human DNA'
Mobile phone industry in radiation risk rap
Mobiles in hospitals are safe, say doctors
Mobile phones rot your balls
Kids, cancer and mobile phones
Parents worried about 3G phones

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.