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Recently, the French National Assembly passed a law regarding WiFi dangers to children by entirely banning WiFi in nursery and daycare settings. The ban extends to primary schools, only allowing WiFi to be enabled in those classrooms when actively being used for education.
Although a number of countries have issued warnings about WiFi in the past, none has been as explicit as this as to the hazards WiFi radiation for children. The ban demonstrates the first national implementation of the precautionary principle with regards to managing the prevalence of wireless technology.
This law, known as the “law on sobriety, transparency, information and consultation for exposure to electromagnetic waves” appears to be a compromise between two factions in the Assembly and only came about after moving past one obstacle after another for two years, during which its initial ambitions were seriously downgraded. The bill, originally filed in January 2013, ended up in a watered-down form and was finally passed.
Nonetheless, the law sets an important precedent that will hopefully be acknowledged and eventually emulated by other governments in the world.
Key Points in the Law
Experts Warn about WiFi in Schools
For the last decade or so, scientists and other experts have issued warnings about WiFi dangers to children and have suggested that schools take a precautionary approach. Based on these warnings, a number of governments and authorities have taken steps to caution parents and school authorities about the use of wireless devices.
Certain organizations have also given strong warnings about all technology that emits microwave radiation similar to that of WiFi, including the Council of Europe, the European Environment Agency, UK Trades Union Congress, the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, and the Russian Commission for Electromagnetic Safety.
One expert campaigning about WiFi dangers to children, Magda Havas, Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies, Trent University, ON, Canada, states:
|“The scientific evidence clearly shows that microwave radiation at levels well below [international] guidelines and at levels now commonly found inside classrooms with Wi-Fi routers causes cancer in laboratory animals, causes heart palpitations in sensitive adults, causes reduced sperm motility and viability, and is associated with symptoms of electrosensitivity that include – but are not limited to – cognitive dysfunction, pain, fatigue, mood disorders (depression, anxiety, irritability), dizziness, nausea, weakness, skin problems, and tinnitus.”|
What Can be Done about WiFi Dangers to Children?
Since at this point, there is no legislative support in the US or Canada to help reduce WiFi exposure for children, it’s important for parents to take steps to protect their children as much as possible. Limiting the screen time they give their children at home is certainly important—for many different reasons. Gathering with other parents and school officials to discuss ways to limit EMF exposure while at school is another.
Meanwhile, it’s wise to check out EMF protection devices that can perhaps solve the whole problem and give parents a sense of relief.