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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 February 2019

Mobile phones have a real impact on children’s health

Our readers have their say about the impact of technology, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and eating camel

Mobile phone use can have health implications for children. Franck Robichon / EPA
Mobile phone use can have health implications for children. Franck Robichon / EPA

I write in reference to your article Dubai counsellors call on parents and schools to reduce mobile phone use among children (December 20): when texting someone or reading an article on the internet, we all have to stare at a small-sized screen on our mobile phones.

That can put a lot of strain on children’s eyes; they can dry out and hurt when blinking. Eventually, this can result in visual deterioration. To maintain clear sight, you need to keep devices at least 12 to 16 inches away from the face.

When talking about mobile phones and health, we cannot ignore their influence on sleeping habits. Most of us get used to setting an alarm and putting the phone somewhere not far from the head or even under our pillows. That’s a bad idea. Microwave radiation transmitted by a mobile phone is harmful to a brain, especially a child’s.

Having a mobile device to hand can also cause insomnia in children. They will feel tempted to check it at night and won’t be able to sleep properly because of its vibrating and beeping. It causes sleep deprivation, which over time can lead to serious mental health issues in children.

Dr Faisal Khan, Saudi Arabia

Praise for the wise Vice President and Ruler of Dubai

I refer to your piece A bold and visionary 50 years of dedication to the UAE (January 15): this interesting editorial shed light on the life and work of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, over five decades.

He has been intrinsically instrumental in the development of Dubai and the wider UAE, with his long-term visionary policies, which always put the welfare of his people at their heart.

His uncanny ability to spur constant growth and development cannot be ignored. In the coming year, the UAE’s flag will fly high on the global map.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Hosts don’t always meet the tastes of their guests

I write in reference to your article Donald Trump orders ‘all American’ fast food feast for sports team (December 16). Hosts don’t always meet their guests’ food tastes. I remember an overseas sports team being invited to Abu Dhabi for a feast of camel. The guys were really struggling to eat something so unusual.

Meanwhile, another team from a country neighbouring the UAE was delighted with the spread. More food for them.

Wiltrud Eva, Germany

Updated: January 16, 2019 06:07 PM

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