The compulsory use of wireless technologies in UK schools is removing parental choice and putting the health of children and young people at risk. Germany and Israel recommend wired internet access in schools because of concerns about adverse health effects. The International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety and Scientific Panel on Electromagnetic Health Risks also strongly recommend that young people limit their use of wireless technologies. Please vote for safe electromagnetic environments in schools.
Kathleen Pierson commented
My 16 year old son's school (private school in California) have issued all the kids iPads which they use during class time as well as at home. They installed a WiFi network two years ago which is how long he's been there. I have many concerns, especially since his is a school for kids with learning disabilities and I feel that this technology exacerbates their existing challenges. This issue doesn't seem to make a blip on the administration's radar. I'm going to present his school principal with the information found on your website and make a case for wiring the network. Thanks for all the great information.
There is ample scientific evidence of harm if you search the scientific literature. WiFi radiation is microwave radiation (high energy radiowaves) - there are over 1000 scientific papers showing effects on biological systems. We must not expose our children to this agent. For those who claim non-ionizing means they are harmless, that means they can't knock off electrons from an atom, but they can certainly cause other molecular effects and cause damage - just like UV. At least we have some evolutionary mechanisms to protect against UV, microwaves we use for wireless/mobile are entirely man-made and new in our environment. They are very different to EMR from natural sources. And not everyone will die from long term damage, but some would. Why some have symptoms? ask those skeptics why some have nut allergies for example?
Alan Park commented
The precautionary principle should apply, particularly where the health of our children are concerned
D. MACKENZIE commented
BAN ALL WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES...ESPECIALLY MOBILE CELL PHONES.
This is total nonsense, the EM radiation is non-ionising and there is no evidence of any physiological effect due to radio waves.
We are bombarded with natural and man made radiation every day, so why isn't the whole of industrialised society falling prey to these "symptoms" ?
C. Edwards commented
If you have ever had horrendous head pain, nausea, heart palpitations, severe vision disturbance, ringing in the ears, dizziness all at once so badly that you can't think straight nor concentrate which is induced every time you go into a shop, or hospital, or on a train, or at an airport or the cinema, or a health club because of the wi-fi and other people using smart phones near you, and you have to lead a life of avoiding all these things then you would realise just how dibilitating these technologies are to some people. It's microwave abuse. Try avoiding all these technologies yourself for a month and see how you get on! Hope you can earn a living!
We shoudn't put our children (and teacher's) health at risk in schools when 'The World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer, has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (group 2B). '(www.wifiinschools.org.uk)
The people who don't beleive there's risk they should think about that the use of wireless technologies haven't been proven safe.
I beleive schools should accept the recommendations of scientists and apply the precautionary approach and go back to wired technology.
A recent documentary highlights the adverse health effects EMF radiation can cause:
Dr Graham Blackwell is quoting nonsense when he speaks of pulsed microwave. There is no such thing. A radio signal is by definition analogue. The pulsed digital stream at the receiving end is obtained at low level by a demodulation process. Perhaps Mr Blackwell could quote the qualification which awards him the title Doctor?
The radio wave power transmitted from a router is minute and has a very short range. Mobile phones have a very much longer range power and are held close to the body, whereas a wifi router will be some distance away from a person. The wifi PC also is not held against the body. Are we to ban the use of mobile phones and also cordless telephones in the home, as the latter emit more power than wifi.
The whole argument is illogical.
Julia Taylor commented
Why are we microwaving our children when a plug and a wire can prevent their exposure.
A generation suffering with latent subtle microwave sickness. The truth will out.
'The worlds largest biological experiment.'
Have been worried about Wi Fi for quite sometime. (Why/wi Fry/fi your brains?!) We have reverted back to wired internet access in our house, wired our telephones and even got rid of the microwave oven but are bombarded by ignorant neighbours 'waves'. Some just say "there's nothing you can do about it". Makes me want to weep!! I really think a campaign about this would be a very good idea, even if it only raises awareness it's better than nothing. Plus some may even take notice enough to protect their children and hopefully some people will be in a position of authority and be able to put a stop to wireless technology entering educational establishments therefore harming our youth.
Belinda Coppock commented
It is NOT a good idea to have Wifi radiating around small children, which could damage their health. It should all be wired.
Taking Heed from Trusted Agencies
On the 31st May 2011, the World Health Organisation classified non-ionising radiation (as emitted from a Wi-Fi router) as a 2B carcinogen. This classification means that it is a possible carcinogen to humans.
ICNIRP makes the following statement in the General Approach to Protection Against Non-Ionizing Radiation, page 8, 'People being protected':
'Different groups in a population may have differences in their ability to tolerate a particular NIR exposure. For example, children, the elderly, and some chronically ill people might have a lower tolerance for one or more forms of NIR exposure than the rest of the population. Under such circumstances, it may be useful or necessary to development separate guideline levels for different groups within the population, but it may be more effective to adjust the guidelines for the general population to include such groups.
A Workplace Guide (TUC, London, November 2008) on page 6 states that “Caution should be used to prevent exposure to substances in Group 2B.” The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) means that the first step must always be to remove the hazard altogether if possible. Source: TUC, Occupational Cancer, A Workplace Guide
The European Parliament on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has stated: ‘the limits of exposure to electromagnetic fields which have been set for the public are obsolete’.
Earlier last year, the Council of Europe recommended that restrictions be put on the use of mobile phones and access to the internet (Wi-Fi) in all schools across the continent to protect young children from harmful radiation.
Department of Health (Advice)
'... the UK Chief Medical Officers advise that children and young people should be encouraged to use mobile phones for essential purposes only...' Source: NHS leaflet
27. Is greatly concerned about the fact that insurance companies are tending to exclude coverage for the risks associated with EMFs from the scope of liability insurance policies, the implication clearly being that European insurers are already enforcing their version of the precautionary principle. Source: European Parliament
About time to take action.
tina mackenzie commented
Concern for our children's future health and wellbeing neeeds to be addressed NOW. Unlike cigarette smoking, we don't have centuries or decades to find out that we have permanently damaged our children before they are even adults.
Daf Bergin Essex commented
The use of such a dangerous toxin is crazy when the local authorities go all out to protect the children from 'dangerous adults' , yet children are exposed to this health hazard daily. We should care for children's whole health, including diet, microwave emissions and dangerous people.
I am very concerned about the use of wireless in schools, as it takes away parental choice. I choose not to expose my family yo it at home, as I have suffered the ill effects from it in the past. There is plenty of evidence to suggest it is harmful, and other countries are beginning to recognise this.
vicky fobel commented
This is an important campaign and one that urgently needs to come to public attention
In 2011 the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe, in Resolution 1815, advised member states of Europe to:
"8.3.1. develop within different ministries (education, environment and health) targeted information campaigns aimed at teachers, parents and children to alert them to the specific risks of early, ill-considered and prolonged use of mobiles and other devices emitting microwaves;
8.3.2. for children in general, and particularly in schools and classrooms, give preference to wired Internet connections, and strictly regulate the use of mobile phones by schoolchildren on school premises..."
Also in 2011, the IARC classified this microwave radiation as a Possible Human Carcinogen.
In Russia (2012) the RNCNIRP have advised against wifi in schools and against children using cellphones (http://international-emf-alliance.org/images/pdf/RussCNIRP%20WiFi%2019-06-12.pdf).
It is quite astonishing that in light of these facts, the rest of the world, without question or pause for thought, appears quite happy to submit their children en masse to microwave exposure every day in school.