California's mobile phone safety guidance: 2017 vs 2009, by Dr Joel Moskowitz. The 2017 guidance leaflet from the California Department of Public Health on how to reduce your exposure to radiofrequency energy from mobile phones can be found here.
France will ban mobile phones in schools from September 2018. Donald Macleod calls for the ban to be introduced into Scottish schools in an article in the Sunday Post; articles in the Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and The Local (Fr).
Toxic Technology. Education leaders spend vast sums on technology, but with studies linking over-use of technology with clinical disorders, is it money well spent? Article by Mark Langhammer, Director of the National Education Union, Northern Ireland.
Nicosia declaration on Electromagnetic fields/radiofrequencies, November 2017. A common position paper by The Cyprus Medical Association, The Vienna/Austrian Medical Chambers and The Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children's Health. "Exposure at home and schools can and must be reduced by minimizing the use of mobile phones and wireless devices. By applying safer technologies, such as wired (Ethernet) connection to internet or optical fibres instead of Wi-Fi, there will be no loss of comfort. Schools should avoid Wi-Fi." "All children and in particular those with existing neurological or behavioural problems as well as those with chronic diseases must be provided with wired (not wireless) learning, living and sleeping environments."
Public Health England (PHE) and their Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) have provided incorrect information about the safety of wireless technologies. An article in 'Reviews on Environmental Health' describes how PHE and AGNIR have mislead the UK government, the public, organisations and other health protection agencies around the world regarding the safety of wireless signals. Decisions have been made about involuntary exposures based on incorrect information; children in schools have not been protected. The article describes a conflict of interest which needs to be addressed within PHE, AGNIR and the World Health Organisation (WHO) EMF Project.
236 scientists from 41 nations have supported an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting that they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. http://www.emfscientist.org/.
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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 most families there is no longer the choice of a school without Wi-Fi.
Wireless systems offer freedom to move around the school with laptops, tablets or smartphones and are easier and sometimes cheaper to install than wired networks. Schools have invested money in the technologies 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 often 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 AGNIR.
This web site aims to provide more information about the science and calls from doctors and scientists for greater protection of children and staff in schools. The hope is for this information to become more widely known, so that parents, schools and local authorities will be better equipped to fulfil their legal requirements to safeguard the health and development of children in their care.
Further information can be seen in Reports for Schools.
A safe place for children
Most children have to attend school and they rely upon adults to keep them safe.
Schools are failing to safeguard children when they place them at significantly increased risk
- of developing cancer
- of physical damage (e.g. to DNA or cells)
- of damage to their development
- of damage to their reproductive health
Wireless technologies have been associated with all of these harmful effects.
Children deserve a safe environment to learn, play, develop and thrive. Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children whilst in their care.