Wi-Fi and Child Health
… It’s a question which should be raised often, especially in places where children gather, but it never is: should Wi-Fi be banned in nurseries and primary schools? But it’s a question Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe has posed and spent years researching. She was recently interviewed in the Daily Telegraph (see here). (Below is a video of one of her talks on electromagnetic radiation, health and children)
In February the French banned Wi-Fi in nurseries, Los Angeles has reduced it, Germany suggests reducing it in work places, so should Ireland be looking at it as a potential health issue? It’s a question I’ve never known to be raised. Amazing!
It is amazing when we consider that in February, Lloyd’s of London, the insurance underwriters, informed schools it was excluding liability coverage for injuries “Resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise.”
Teachers should be considering the risk-benefit of Wi-Fi but has this been considered in Ireland by health and safety bodies, teaching unions, parents’ associations etc.?
Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe asks: “How can teachers decide if they don’t know RF is currently classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a group 2B carcinogen, which means it is a possible cause of cancer in humans?”
Dr Mallery-Blythe likes to present information not highlighted by the authorities such as the brain is better protected than many body parts from the effects of radiation.
According to guidelines from Public Health England, children under 16 should limit use of mobile phone calls yet PHE is happy to endorse a one-to-one iPad scheme despite iPads having a higher SAR rate (the rate of absorption of energy by the body) than a phone.
Prof Olle Joahnsson (who was sacked for being a “bad scientist” pointing out the dangers of such radiation – his Facebook and academic web page is here ) and has been researching RF for thirty years says an iPhone near a baby’s head is like putting It next to several electric train engines.
Prof Johansson says we now have in our environment 10billion times more RF radiation than in the 1960s. If this is safe, then 15,000-25,000 peer reviewed papers in scientific journals are wrong.
A five year-old absorbs 60% more radiation than an adult due to its thinner skull and higher water content in its body.
A 2008 study showed a five times increase in glioma, a brain cancer which the WHO links to mobile phone usage.
For an overview of possible dangers of technology: Is your technology killing you?
Electrosensitivity in Ireland is a great source of information for Ireland. Their page on
Wi-Fi in schools: http://iervn.com/children/wifi-in-schools/
For the UK and General Information:
•International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
•SSITA – Safe Schools Information Technology Alliance
•International EMF Alliance
•Environmental Health Trust
•International Agency for Research on Cancer
Hold the phone, Central! Cellphone radiation can cause cancer: study
From the United Federation of Teachers: click here
Sir Michael Wilshaw: ‘Any head worth their salt should stand up and ban mobiles’ (link)