children are facing a massive health crisis if the government and education authorities
continue to ignore the warnings on the potential health effects from
long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from wireless
2011 the World Health Organization/ International Agency for Research on Cancer
(IARC) classified EMR as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” - wireless
technologies are now considered as a possible cancer causing agent.
the case with smoking, the possibility of illness manifesting from prolonged or
accumulative, low-level exposure to wireless radiation may not be known until
after years of exposure.
responsible governments and authorities overseas have banned or warned against
WiFi use in schools until it has been proven harmless for long-term use. The Council of Europe have
called for a ban on WiFi use in schools and urge governments to act swiftly. In
order to protect children’s health, the French National Assembly voted (March
2013) in favour of wired connections rather than WiFi.
to urgently send a strong message to the Australian government asking them to
do the same, and to
put children’s health ahead of the convenience of WiFi and short-term profits.
scientists and medical experts warn that long-term exposure to EMR interferes
with the body’s internal bioelectrical signals which may lead to diseases such
as cancer, immune dysfunction, infertility, reproductive disorders, DNA damage
and other cognitive and neurological disorders. Children are also most
vulnerable as they absorb more radiation due to their thinner skulls, bones and
developing cells. Their life-time exposure will also be greater than adults
Australian Radiation Protection Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) states
"research relating to children is limited and the possibility of
harm cannot be completely ruled out." The current safety standards
only protect against heating of body tissue (thermal effects) in a short period
of time. The safety standards do not account for any biological effects from
prolonged or accumulative exposure to low-level electromagnetic radiation.
studies on the long-term health effects of WiFi on children have not been
conducted, yet this technology is being vigorously rolled out in schools without
parental consent or choice. Children are being involuntarily exposed to
wireless radiation for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. This is unacceptable
as there are safer wired options for schools to provide children with internet
overall telecommunications industry is worth trillions of dollars and has the
ability to greatly influence politics, research and public perception. A
massive public outcry however could tip the balance and get our leaders to act
promptly to favour public health ahead of industry profits.
raise our voices calling on the government to adopt the precautionary principle, and to
act now to protect our children and future generations. Stop the use of WiFi and 3G
internet in schools until long-term exposure is proven harmless. Favour wired
internet connections, and reduce microwave electromagnetic radiation exposure
from all wireless devices.
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Posted: 23 January 2013 (Updated: 14 April 2015)