Group concerned Wi-Fi signals in classrooms could be bad for kids
As students head back to school this week, an advocacy group warns that they’re going back to an environment of potentially unsafe exposure to WiFi signals.
Canadians for Safe Technology, C4ST, is worried about the wireless radiation travelling through classrooms, and the exposure kids deal with.
The group’s new CEO, Frank Clegg, says they’re particularly worried about a new program from the Peel District School Board, which is encouraging students to bring their own devices to class.
In a statement, Clegg said wireless radiation from WiFi enabled devices “can cause a wide range of symptoms including headaches, nausea and racing heart rates.”
They’re not alone in the call to abolish wireless technology in the classroom. Just in August, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario passed a motion that calls for cellphones to be turned off in the classroom.
They also passed another motion – which some might fight unusual – that WiFi transmitters in schools should be clearly marked, visible in the open and “part of a hazard control program that would outline how to reduce exposure to radio waves,” the Toronto Star reports.
Even one school - Pretty River Academy - decided to pull the plug on the wireless internet transmitters and instead go for the ‘safety’ of a hard-wired network in a proactive move to protect the health of students and staff.
What do you think – are you worried about the potential health risks posed by WiFi signals?- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets