NGOs respond to the consultation on the WHO Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on radiofrequency (RF) fields: Response Document and accompanying Appendix. The response describes a lack of transparency, failure to demonstrate independence of experts, biased reporting of the science and large sections of the report still not included.
Hardell and Carlberg 2014, Pathophysiology. Mobile phone and cordless phone use and the risk of glioma. Highest risks were found for first use under the age of 20. 3G phones gave higher risks of developing a glioma than 2G phones.
United Federation of Teachers (UFT) warns of the dangers of wireless radiation. "Wireless radiation is emitted by the myriad of wireless devices we encounter every day. It was once thought to be relatively harmless. However, we now know that wireless radiation can cause non-thermal biological effects as well, including damage to cells and DNA, even at low levels."
The BabySafe project from the Environmental Health Trust. Protect unborn babies from wireless technologies. Leaflet 'What you need to know about wireless radiation and your baby'.
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.
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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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