This is what phones looked like in the olden days (Picture: PA)

Schoolchildren will be recruited into the largest study to date investigating the impact of mobile phone use on teenagers’ developing brains.

From today, more than 160 secondary schools in London will be invited to take part in research led by Imperial College London.

The scientists are, somewhat improbably, hopeful that 2,500 Year 7 pupils (who are aged 11 or 12) will agree to have their mobile phone use tracked over three years.

In a more detailed study, around 500 children will then be provided with “personal radio frequency meters” which will measure their levels of exposure to radio frequency waves.

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