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Lesson: Are Cell Phones Health Hazards?

Author: Janis C.
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12


Cell phone use has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. New findings are suggesting that cell phone use has health risks and is linked to some cancers. Is this true?


Find out if there are health risks associated with cell phone use. What are the risks? What causes the 'risk'? What can be done to reduce risks?


Do some research regarding the topic using the internet. Look for evidence related to health risks associated with cell phone use. Consider both sides--pro and con--when conduction the research. Summarize your findings and make a conclusion base upon the evidence you find.

Background Builder Background

Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:
Cellular A mobile telephone system that uses radio waves to provide coverage in certain geographic areas or "cells". These cells are usually adjacent to each other and combine to offer continuous coverage over wide areas such as entire cities or highway corridor
Radiation energy that is radiated or transmitted in the form of rays or waves or particles
Radio Frequency Radio frequency (RF) is a rate of oscillation in the range of about 30 kHz to 300 GHz, which corresponds to the frequency of electrical signals normally used to produce and detect radio waves. RF usually refers to electrical rather than mechanical oscillations, although mechanical RF systems do exist

Activity: Personal Position Statement



Gain understanding of the issue. What is true and what is myth.


List true facts regarding cell phones and health risks and compare these with popular myths associated with cell phone use.

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