Monday, March 4, 2013

Council of Europe: Restrict Wi-Fi and Mobile Phone Use in Schools

Excerpts from the British Medical Journal news story:

Rory Watson. Radiation fears prompt possible restrictions on wi-fi and mobile phone use in schools.
BMJ 2011;342:d3428. Published June 1, 2011.

"The Council of Europe is recommending that restrictions be put in place on the use of mobile phones and access to the internet in all schools across the continent to protect young children from harmful radiation."

"governments should “give preference to wired internet connections, and strictly regulate the use of mobile phones by schoolchildren on school premises” for children in general and particularly in schools and classrooms."

"In addition, they are pressing for steps to be taken to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields especially for children and young people “who seem to be most at risk from head tumours.”"

"The Council of Europe recommendation has no legal force, but Mr Huss said he believed it sent a strong signal to the 47 member governments."

"The report calls on governments to give more information and run awareness raising campaigns on the potentially harmful biological effects of electromagnetic fields targeting “children, teenagers and young people of reproductive age.”"

"It also recommends that national authorities provide information on possible health risks from DECT type wireless telephones, baby monitors and other domestic appliances that emit continuous pulse waves if left permanently on standby and instead recommend the use of wired, fixed telephones."