'Tablets and smartphones damage toddlers' speech development', Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph: "those who spent the most time on handheld devices were found to struggle with communication skills."
The article didn't mention that mobile phone use by pregnant women has already been associated with speech problems in children, as well as possible hearing loss at the age of 7. Exposure to wireless signals has been associated with behavioural problems in children, including ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), poor verbal expression and comprehension, and abnormal brain development (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
"In Britain children under the age of three spend an average of 44 minutes a day using smartphones and tablets." But 44 minutes a day is a long time compared to what is needed to see damaging effects. 15 minutes daily exposure of rats to a mobile phone-like signal led to substantial cell death in the ovaries. Human adults who used a mobile phone for the equivalent of 15 minutes or more per day for 10 years had significantly increased risks of cancer. 5 minutes exposure of human sperm to a mobile phone signal significantly decreased sperm motility.
How long will children suffer developmental harm before parents, pre-schools and schools take action to restrict wireless exposures of developing babies, toddlers and children? Safeguarding children means protecting them from harm, even if children like what is harming them, it is making an awful lot of money for a lot of people, or Public Health England have lied about the risks.
Italian court finds link between cell phone use in the workplace and tumour of the auditory nerve (abc News). We need to look at safety in the workplace to ensure that employers do not require employees to use mobile or cordless phones for work, which could increase the risk of cancer. If mobile phones held next to the head increase the risk of head tumours, then tablet computers used by pupils in schools, particularly held next to the body, may also be increasing the risk of tumours near to where the computer is positioned.
The secret inside your cell phone, excellent video by CBC Marketplace. Wendy Mesley investigated the radiation exposures close to several models of mobile phones and found that they all exceeded allowable exposures close to the phone. Manufacturers advise that phones should be held away from the body when switched on, but almost no one knows about it. To improve safety, do not hold or carry a mobile phone next to your body (this includes pupils not carrying a phone in their blazer, shirt, skirt or trouser pockets and never holding a phone up against their head; air tube headsets can keep phones away from the head). Schools have a responsibility to protect children from the harmful effects of mobile phones whilst they are at school.
Video with advice from the Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children's Health on pregnancy and the use of wireless devices. Protective measures are needed for pregnant women in the workplace.
Reykjavik Appeal on wireless technology in schools, February 2017. From Children, Screen time and Wireless Radiation – International Conference, Reykjavik.
National and international safeguarding scandal. Public Health England (PHE) and their Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) have provided incorrect information about the safety of wireless technologies. An article in December's edition of 'Reviews on Environmental Health' describes how PHE and AGNIR have mislead the UK government, the public, organisations and other health protection agencies around the world regarding the safety of wireless signals. Decisions have been made about involuntary exposures based on incorrect information; children in schools have not been protected. The article describes a conflict of interest which needs to be addressed within PHE, AGNIR and the World Health Organisation (WHO) EMF Project.
225 scientists from 41 nations have supported an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting that they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. http://www.emfscientist.org/.
It is often incorrectly stated in the media that there is no scientific evidence that Wi-Fi is harmful. Scientific studies describing harmful effects are listed here.
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Wi-Fi in schools
Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of UK schools installing wireless computer networks (Wi-Fi, WLAN), wireless white boards, and similar devices. Schools have been encouraged to use 'smart' and 'mobile' technologies (BECTA). For most families there is no longer the choice of a school without Wi-Fi.
Wireless systems offer freedom to move around the school with laptops, tablets or smartphones and are easier and sometimes cheaper to install than wired networks. Schools have invested money in the technologies and they have become a part of school culture.
However, schools, parents and staff are often unaware of the enormous number of scientific studies now published which demonstrate that mobile and wireless technologies, which emit microwave radiation, may pose a health risk, especially to children. The science is published in scientific journals, often only available to subscribers. The concerns of scientists and scientific studies are not often communicated to the public. Thus schools rely upon the statements about the use of wireless technologies in schools made by Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) and AGNIR.
This web site aims to provide more information about the science and calls from doctors and scientists for greater protection of children and staff in schools. The hope is for this information to become more widely known, so that parents, schools and local authorities will be better equipped to fulfil their legal requirements to safeguard the health and development of children in their care.
Further information can be seen in Reports for Schools.
A safe place for children
Most children have to attend school and they rely upon adults to keep them safe.
Schools are failing to safeguard children when they place them at significantly increased risk
- of developing cancer
- of physical damage (e.g. to DNA or cells)
- of damage to their development
- of damage to their reproductive health
Wireless technologies have been associated with all of these harmful effects.
Children deserve a safe environment to learn, play, develop and thrive. Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children whilst in their care.