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New schools program encourages sustainable outcomes

MobileMuster Manager, Spyro Kalos, hopes Mobile Connections will inspire students to think about their personal use of mobile phones and the impact they have on the world, “We want students to be the advocates for environmental change within their school and community, and to take action.”

The Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre (EEC) worked with MobileMuster to develop the Mobile Connections curriculum and digital books to be in line with the best educational practice. The program also fosters the responsible use of technology to extend the learning environment.

“We are excited to be working with MobileMuster on the program, which will offer Geography teachers contemporary content to engage their students. We can’t wait to see the uptake of it by teachers who are eagerly waiting for the professional development courses to start,” said Steve Papp, Principal Field of Mars EEC.

Schools will be supported through the program to conduct a student lead recycling event for their community and communicate why product stewardship is important. The educational resources are free to use and will be regularly updated with new content and ongoing support for schools and teachers nationwide.

Access the Mobile Connections resources or find out more information about the program .

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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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Mobile tips for School leavers

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.