Safeguarding in schools: Wireless technologies. Evidence for why wireless technologies in schools are putting the health or development of children at risk and ought to be considered a safeguarding issue. Link.
A lawsuit has been filed by the Association for the Prevention and Combating of Electrosmog (APPLE), in Italy, to prompt Italian Government Ministries (Health, Environment, Education, and Economic Ministries) to promote a campaign to inform the public that heavy mobile phone use can be harmful to health. They want the government to publish the text on mobile phones: "it can be harmful to health", as for cigarettes. Article.
Wi-Fi lawsuit in Israel. Radiation from Wi-Fi: Not in our school? Thirteen children testify in a petition to the court that they suffer from a disease arising from exposure to mobile phones and wireless network radiation, as found in schools.
Wi-Fi induces a diabetes-like condition in rats: Salah et al, 2013, Environ Toxicol Pharmacol.
Three new papers find damaging effects of Wi-Fi/2.4GHz signals on the eye or male fertility (Dasdag et al; Tok et al; Shahin et al). Dasdag and colleagues conclude "We suggest Wi-Fi users to avoid long-term exposure of RF (radiofrequency) emissions from Wi-Fi equipment." Further details in Wi-Fi studies.
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Wi-Fi in schools
Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of UK schools installing wireless computer networks (Wi-Fi, WLAN), wireless white boards, and similar devices. Schools have been encouraged to use 'smart' and 'mobile' technologies (BECTA). For many families there is no longer the choice of a school without Wi-Fi.
Wireless systems offer freedom to move around the school with laptops/hand-held computers and are easier and sometimes cheaper to install than wired networks. Schools have invested money in the technologies, pupils like them and they have become a part of school culture.
However, schools, parents and staff are often unaware of the enormous number of scientific studies now published which demonstrate that mobile and wireless technologies which emit microwave radiation may pose a health risk, especially to children. The science is published in scientific journals, often only available to subscribers. The concerns of scientists and scientific studies are not always communicated to the public. Thus schools rely upon the statements about the use of wireless technologies in schools made by Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) and the AGNIR.
This web site aims to provide more information about the science (Scientific Research and Health Issues for Schools), about International Concerns and the Precautionary Approach which some people are now taking with regard to these technologies. The hope is for this information to become more widely known, so that parents and schools will be better equipped to make informed decisions about which technologies schools should be choosing for children and teenagers to use. For further information please see 'Safe Schools 2012' and 'Wireless technologies and young people'.
A safe place for children
Most children have to attend school. Home tutoring is rarely a practical option, and it fails to provide the social education that is gained by being part of a large group.
Schools need to provide safe environments for all children, irrespective of their susceptibilities to different diseases or genetic make ups.
Children deserve a safe environment to learn, play, develop and thrive. Many households now use some form of mobile or wireless technology, and this is their choice. Others have chosen not to use wireless technologies where there are wired alternatives. In school children have no choice about their exposure. Schools therefore have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children whilst in their care.
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