EMF recommendations specific for children?
Christiane Pölzl ,
Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Ingolstaedter Landstraße 1, 85764 Oberschleißheim, Germany
An important question is how to deal with scientific uncertainties when expressing EMF recommendations for children. Accentuating scientific uncertainties may under certain circumstances raise risk awareness. This can be an intended effect. But the expression of scientific uncertainties can also lead to unintended consequences in parent's behaviour or even senseless dealing with the respective EMF source.
The paper points out relevant aspects of risk communication regarding EMF and children and suggests how recommendations for children might be designed.
2. Science in societal context
2.1. Factors influencing individual risk perception
2.2. Perception of the risks associated with non-ionising radiation by the general public
3. Communication of scientific uncertainties
4. Children are different from adults: a special challenge for risk communication
5. Risk communication and behavioural recommendations for children
5.1. Target group-specific communication pathways
5.2. Recommendations for risk communication referring to children
6. Tools required for good risk communication