Chinese scientists confirm that wireless signals damage the blood-brain-barrier and impair memory in rats (Brain Research). There are now at least 17 papers describing damage to learning/memory/cognition in rats or mice from radiofrequency signals. How can wireless devices serve as learning tools in schools if they can damage the brain and decrease learning and memory? Schools that ban mobiles see better academic results; would we see a further improvement if pupils didn't absorb Wi-Fi signals from devices and access points in the classroom every day?
City of Berkley (USA) voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing mobile phones, 12th May 2015. Similar warnings are needed for tablet computers, which have similar maximum SAR (absorption rate) values.
On the 11th May 2015, 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide. The appeal includes a request that children and pregnant women be protected. The appeal can be viewed at http://www.emfscientist.org/. PDF of the appeal is here. The introductory 3 minute video by Dr Martin Blank is here (Vimeo) and the transcript of the video is here.
'Is Wi-Fi making your child ill?' Article in the Telegraph.
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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 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 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 may not 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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