UK government wants UK to be a country fit for business but not fit for children (Ed.)
‘As more countries ban iPads and mobile phones from the classroom, could wifi be giving our children cancer?’ Article by Geoffrey Lean, Daily Mail (UK), 22/6/18. Extract:
- Top cancer expert Prof Anthony Miller claims wifi beamed through classrooms could be as dangerous could be as dangerous as tobacco and asbestos
- Prof Miller of Toronto University says Wifi should not be allowed in schools
- Some nations have begun banning or restricting wifi, as well as mobile phones
Prof Anthony Miller of Toronto University couldn’t be blunter, saying: ‘[Wifi] should not be allowed in schools.’
Professor Miller – who was Director of Canada’s National Cancer Institute’s Epidemiology Unit, and has held top posts in the World Health Organisation and the German Cancer Research Centre – is not alone in his fears.
He is the latest in a long line of top scientists to warn that the invisible waves of electromagnetic radiation that now constantly wash over us all - dubbed ‘electrosmog’ even by some academics - may cause a future cancer epidemic, and that it’s children who are most at risk.
So the proliferation of wifi into so many of our schools is worrying. While using wifi, tablets, laptops and other devices emit radiation as well as receiving it, which also increases children’s exposure. More than a million tablets are now in use in Britain’s classrooms.
Campaigners urge schools to avoid danger and still get the benefits of such technology by hardwiring devices, through, for example, direct connections to desks, or points on walls and floors, or hanging from the ceiling.
More and more countries and cities are indeed going back to the future in this way. France has banned wifi from nursery schools (the younger the child, the greater the danger), and restricted its use in teaching children up to the age of 11.
It has also banned mobile phones from all schools, partly because they are socially disruptive. But the country’s official Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety has recommended that tablets and other wifi devices should be regulated as phones are.
Cyprus has also banned wifi from kindergartens, and only permits it in the staff offices of junior schools for administration purposes. Israel also prohibits it in pre-schools and kindergartens, and allows it only to be gradually introduced in class as children get older. The Israeli city of Haifa has hardwired its school system so children can used computers that don’t need wifi to connect to the internet.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, hardwired 80 per cent of all its schools more than a decade ago, while the school authorities in Salzburg, Austria, wrote to headteachers officially advising them not to use wifi as long ago as 2005.
Ghent in Belgium has banned wifi in pre-schools and daycare centres, while individual local authorities in Spain and Italy have removed it from all their schools. Even faraway French Polynesia has prohibited it in nursery schools and limits it in primary ones. And so the list goes on.
Here in Britain, by contrast, there is only complacency and inaction - despite authoritative early warnings of trouble ahead.