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anyone else concerned about danger of WIFI in schools?

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kalo12 Sun 02-Dec-12 21:38:49

My child's school has just announced that they have installed WIFi extensively throughout the school. I am horrified. I have done a bit of research on the internet and found a very good website
which explains the dangers, especially to children, of having multiple wifi devices altogether.

There is a wealth of new research coming to light of the dangers of WIFi and many countries are making proposals to ban it in schools entirely (and in some countries, public places in general).

Britain has the second highest levels of radiation from wireless devices in the world - hundred times higher than some countries.

Can't schools just use wired connections?

Anyone else concerend about this? Is this something to worry about?

kalo12 Mon 03-Dec-12 22:10:37

I just remember an article in the TES some time ago discussing the dangers and how children were more vulnerable because of their thinner skulls.

I know you can't stop progress though and its just brilliant being able to watch a bit of a film on your phone whilst waiting at the bus stop, or checking your ebay account from the dentisit wating room. hmm

Snorbs Mon 03-Dec-12 22:13:46

Nice ignoring of all the points I raised, kalo.

Let's not let facts get in the way of some good old scare-mongering bollocks, eh?

Kalo you can't even tell wifi from mobile networks can you? You use the mobile network on the Internet at the bus stop. I haven't seen a dentist offering free wifi either so it's also likely you will be on the net through the mobile network there as well. Those have nothing to do with wifi. You might as well be comparing wifi to electric car charging stations giving out harmful radiations.

CinnabarRed Tue 04-Dec-12 08:57:10

Anyone else now a little bit in love with Snorbs?

MrsGeologist Wed 05-Dec-12 22:44:00

Yes, Cinnabar, science gives me the horn grin

ColdHardyJill Fri 07-Dec-12 20:22:29

How disappointing. Someone asks a question 'are you concerned' to receive a surprisingly high proportion of sarcastic, ridiculing answers. There's just no need, why not be supportive? 'no, I don't think you should worry, that site ignores the science.if you want more realistic information try ... .com'
I assumed this site would encourage a more supportive culture in these forums.
I personally don't know much about radiation, and had I been pregnant 60yrs ago I probably would have let the hospital xray my unborn kid, a practice which was accepted as safe for a time, and it's now known to increase chances of cancer. Good on you kalo12, there's no harm in questioning what you are suspicious of, and seeking more info.

lookWho Wed 12-Jun-13 18:44:25

Thank you ColdHardyJill I totally agree with you - I found this discussions while trying to research the dangers of Wi-Fi in schools. I am also concerned as my little D started full time this year.

Reading through all the comments above, I was shocked as I also thought that this site would be more open-minded and supportive of another members 'completely legitimate' worries over her child. I know it's been a few months since the debate started however I thought I'd update you on the fact that France have recently banned Wi-Fi in all their schools!!!

So, for what it is worth, I think Wi-Fi in schools is something we should all be concerned about and should not idly dismiss without further researching and debating etc. After all modern technology has been evolving so quickly, how much research on its safety has there been before they have been dished out to the public.

France looked at the long term research conducted thus far and have concluded that they are not going to risk their children's health just because the service providers of wireless Industry say it is safe - they are obviously going to be bias. After all didn't the Tabaco industry do the same years ago.

In a modern world with so many new gadgets (some very useful and others I agree are essential now) how do we protect our children in the classrooms? It's simply not good enough to state that just because children are already exposed to a layering effect from the electromagnetic smog wherever they go now that we should not worry about it the schools. Due to the directness, proximity and continual exposure (even though it is low) that the children subjected to throughout the day is the harmful effect. At home you can turn the Wi-Fi off when not in use but at school they are exposed all day whether they are using it or not and that it what concerns me the most.

kalo12 - I hope there will be a safe solution for all our kids... thank you for raising the issue x

Ragusa Wed 12-Jun-13 21:18:21

Not worried, no, because there seems to be no giod evidence it's harmful anf like other posters have said, wifi is everywhere.

I also don't rate that site (wiredchild). It looks amateur and the websites it links to are equally rubbish.... some nonsense about curing cancer with vegetables hmm

allison1234 Mon 17-Jun-13 13:16:28

Kalo keep researching this subject. There are 1800 peer reviewed studies to suggest there are biological effects from wifi. Its exactly because 'its everywhere' that we need to keep it out of schools. Our children are there approx 35 hours a week and are therefore subjected to pulsed radiation for the whole of that period. It is the NON-THERMAL effects which are harmful, and these are NOT covered by any safety guidelines in the UK. Indeed the UKs Chief Medical Officer said our safety guidelines were outdated about 10 years ago and think how much more widespread wifi is now! Until the mobile companies can offer conclusive proof that it is 100% safe, why would any parent think it ok to take the risk instead of a wired system?

specialsubject Mon 17-Jun-13 16:27:09

nothing in life is 100% safe and we are all going to die. Asking for 100% proof of anything except the effects of gravity shows a level of scientific ignorance that is quite embarrassing.

If you believe all this, you'd better get off the internet, stop using a mobile or cordless phone, cut off the electricity to your house (generates e-fields - aren't you worried?), and go live in a cave to stay away from sunlight. You will of course need vitamin D supplements.

alternatively you could learn the basic science which shows that this is all bollocks. Studies done by real scientists, not the purveyors of woo, have never shown any problems.

allison1234 Mon 17-Jun-13 19:02:14

I am astounded at the aggressive nature of your comments!! Do you work for a mobile phone company??? Anyway - I won't bother to justify myself to you - but Kalo, please look at this and do what is best for you and your children. Don't take my word for it... look at real scientists and real studies... there are plenty out there. Anyway - thats my last word on it - didn't realise mums on here got so insulting!

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