Navigation Links
Cell Phones, Traffic a Deadly Combo for Kids
Date:1/26/2009

They're more likely to be hit crossing intersections, study shows

MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Talking on a cell phone while crossing a street can be disastrous for children,a University of Alabama at Birmingham study shows.

The research, first presented in April at the National Conference on Child Health Psychology, is being published in the February issue of the Pediatrics. It found that 10- and 11-year-olds were less attentive to traffic and were involved in more collisions and near misses with traffic when using a cell phone to talk to a research assistant in interactive, simulated road crossings.

"The children who were on the cell phone and were distracted during their crossing were significantly more likely to get hit by a car in the virtual environment," study author Katherine Byington, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said at the time of the April presentation. "They were getting hit or almost getting hit at least [once], while the kids that weren't on the cell phone didn't get hit."

In the study, 77 youngsters aged 10 to 12 were placed in a virtual-reality environment that mimicked a street, with traffic coming in both directions. Children stood on a "curb" and when they stepped down, an avatar crossed the virtual street in their place.

The kids practiced the exercise six times while talking on cell phones and six times while not talking on cell phones. Cell phone use raised the odds that their virtual self was "hit" by a car, the researchers said.

A related study from the university last year found that one-third of children aged 10 to 12 own a cell phone. At least one marketing firm reports that more than half of all 8- to 12-year-olds in the United States will own a cell phone by the end of this year.

Cell phone usage complicates the seemingly simple -- but actually neurologically complex -- task of crossing a street, the authors of the new study noted. Making your way across a busy intersection involves complex brain processes, they said, and "unintentional pedestrian injury" is a major cause of death in middle childhood.

"The change has to be with the parent," Dr. Judy Schaechter, director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami, said at the time of the April presentation. "Parents need to consider the risk before they buy the young child a cell phone, and parents need to lay down rules and clear consequences for cell phone use, which includes not using it when crossing the street or not on sidewalks. The research provides an opportunity to teach children responsible behavior before they get behind the wheel of a car."

More information

Safe Kids Worldwide has more about preventing accidental injury.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, Jan. 22, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Lexi-Comp Point-of-Care Information Now Available on Smartphones, Coming Soon for the iPhone™
2. Traffic Fumes Plus Genes Boosts Kids Asthma Risk
3. A drug-sensitive traffic cop tells potassium channels to get lost
4. Jogging in Traffic Cuts Blood Flow to Heart
5. Detroit Metro Tower Air Traffic Controllers File Lawsuit Alleging Improper Mold Removal and Health Effects
6. Protein-dependent switch regulates intracellular trafficking in epithelial cells
7. Heavy traffic makes breathing a burden in children
8. Traffic Pollution Hurts Asthmatic Kids Lungs
9. Cell Phones Put Traffic on Hold
10. AVMA Urges Outlawing Trafficking of Chimps, Monkeys and Nonhuman Primates and Pets
11. U.N. Seeks to Curb Worlds Traffic Deaths
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Cell Phones, Traffic a Deadly Combo for Kids
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, ... of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, ... the city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping ... fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness ... size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to Dr. Jessica ... Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to include Mohs ... Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of Glenn Goldstein, ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent freestanding emergency ... its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce Dr. Ogunleye ... M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , Dr. Ogunleye ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health ... of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work Awards ... at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 According ... by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle ... GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - ... This report studies the market for the forecast period ... reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from USD 1.65 ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the ... from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to ... chloride in balance. Increasing number of ESRD ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... to date financial data derived from varied research sources to ... potential impact on the market during the next five years, ... of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: