Warning about wi-fi in the class [Herald, The (Scotland)]
(Herald, The (Scotland) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) I refer to your editorial complaining about the slow pace of wi- fi roll-out across schools ("Parents warn on internet targets", The Herald, September 24). The use of IT to enhance the learning experience is essential. The use of wi-fi to deliver it is not.
Radio frequency radiation limits followed by the UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA) were introduced in 1999. Since then, many studies have found damaging biological effects at exposures the HPA considers to be safe. Studies have found damage to human DNA, decreased fertility, altered human brain activity, and many other issues at levels of radiation experienced when using a wireless laptop.
The limits followed by the HPA have been declared inadequate by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, the European Environment Agency and the European Parliament. In 2011, the World Health Organisation classified radio frequency radiation from wireless communication devices as a possible carcinogen.
We do not know what the cumulative effect of long-term exposures will be. We should not use wi-fi in schools until it has been shown beyond a reasonable doubt it is safe.
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