Canadian Teacher Union Wants Wifi Banned From Schools
Kingston CKWS Television
Ban Wi-Fi in classroom, Ontario teachers union urges
The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 13, 2012 1:28 PM ET
An Ontario teachers’ union is calling for an end to new Wi-Fi setups in the province’s 1,400-plus Catholic schools.
The Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association says computers in all new schools should be hardwired instead of setting up wireless networks.
It also says Wi-Fi should not be installed in any more classrooms.
In a position paper released on Monday, the union — which represents 45,000 teachers — cites research by the World Health Organization.
Last year the global health agency warned about a possible link between radiation from wireless devices such as cellphones and cancer.
Some believe wireless access to the Internet could pose similar risks.
But while Health Canada cautioned parents to limit the use of cellphones by children, it said that based on scientific evidence, low-level exposure to Wi-Fi is not dangerous.
The OECTA, in its paper, said the “safety of this technology has not thoroughly been researched and therefore the precautionary principle and prudent avoidance of exposure should be practised.”
The Ontario government has said it would examine the WHO warning but wouldn’t take any immediate action to require warnings on wireless devices. The province said it’s up to school boards in the province to make decisions about whether to use Wi-Fi or not.
Some Canadian private schools and at least one public school board in British Columbia have removed or strictly limited Wi-Fi due to safety concerns. But many other public school boards across Canada continue to use it.
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WIFI in Schools and health effects of microwave radiation
Trent University professor Dr. Magda Havas and Dr. Fred Gilbert from Lakehead University explain why wireless technologies known as WiFi should not be used in schools because of the known health effects from microwave radiation. Testimonials are also provided by the students of Mountain View School who feel that their ill health could be directly related to microwave radiation emitted by the wireless internet transmission towers that have been installed inside the school
WIFI in Schools Causes Cancer
British military expert, Barrie Trower, tells us why wireless computers, cell phones, cordless phones and other microwave radiation devices are NOT safe for children and need to be BANNED FROM SCHOOLS. Share with everyone you know.
Alberta parents concerned about WIFI in Schools
Ontario school bans Wi-Fi
Last Updated: October 18, 2010 8:29am
A school in southern Ontario is the first in Canada to ban Wi-Fi over health concerns, despite Health Canada’s assurances it’s perfectly safe.
Parents at St. Vincent Euphrasia elementary school in Meaford, Ont., voted to ban Wi-Fi transmitters, after some students reported feeling ill after they were installed.
“After learning the whole story about how risky WiFi is, parents voted to protect their children’s health and plug the computers back in with hardwires,” said Andrew Couper, a member of the elected school council. “This is something every school council across Canada should be questioning.”
Health Canada, however, insists Wi-Fi is not dangerous and notes there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. Wi-Fi in Canada remains far below government-mandates levels, which stem from thousands of peer-reviewed journals.
“Wi-Fi is the second most prevalent form of wireless technology next to cell phones. It is widely used across Canada in schools, offices, coffee shops, personal dwellings, as well as countless other locations. Health Canada continues to reassure Canadians that the radiofrequency energy emitted from Wi-Fi equipment is extremely low and is not associated with any health problems,” Health Canada said in a statement.
Parents concerned over Wi-Fi health risks
Gaia Willis-Owen, Global News: Monday, October 18, 2010
Hundreds of parents across the country are speaking out against what they fear may be an invisible threat to their childrens’ well being: Wi-Fi in schools.
RELATED 16:9 The Bigger Picture website
McKenzy Honing, 16, says school makes him feel sick. The Grade 11 British Columbia high school student came home complaining of headaches and heart palpitations. “It felt like my heart was skipping beats,” he said. But on the weekends? “I’d start to get better. And by Sunday I’d start to feel normal.”
Just a typical kid trying to get out of class? Maybe. But McKenzy’s mom, Lynda Honing, doesn’t think so. She thinks her son’s health is at risk. And she’s just one of hundreds of concerned parents across the country speaking out against what they fear may be an invisible threat to their childrens’ well being: Wi-Fi in schools.
Global News’ current affairs program, 16:9 The Bigger Picture, wanted to find out just how much radiation laptops and routers in schools could be emitting. So 16:9 asked Kavinder Dhillon, president of LabTest Certification Inc., to test radiation levels in a simulated typical, active wireless classroom. The result? A reading of 113.8 microwatts – well below Health Canada’s recommended threshold of 10 million microwatts.
Just outside the classroom in the hallway, the radiation reading near the router hit 2600 microwatts. That’s 20 times higher than inside the classroom. While it was still low by Health Canada standards, Dhillon expressed some discomfort. “The people who are in the industry, who are testing this,” he told 16:9, “they feel this is a high level. This is very high.”
16:9 investigated further with another test to see how a person might react in proximity to radiation levels Health Canada considers safe. Professor Magda Havas, a Trent University environmental scientist, used a wireless computer and a router on an adult male subject who calls himself “electrically sensitive.” In a blind test, Prof. Havas exposed him to microwave radiation at levels similar to those in an average wireless classroom. She found the closer the router, the faster the subject’s heart rate. Although the levels she used in the test were under Health Canada’s limit, Prof. Havas has a theory that may explain her findings. “Some percentage of the population is reacting to this microwave radiation,” she said.
But could trading chalkboards for laptops make kids sick? 16:9 asked the Wi-Fi Alliance to comment on wireless products’ possible health effects. The Alliance responded with a written statement. “Wi-Fi technology meets all national and international safety requirements,” it said, “and emits signals that are typically hundreds to thousands of times below the safety limits.”
Health Canada says parents shouldn’t worry. In fact, Beth Pieterson, a Health Canada representative told 16:9 the amount of radiation children experience in a typical wireless classroom is in no way responsible for the headaches, nausea and hyperactivity some kids say they experience. “There’s no scientific evidence,” said Pieterson, “that those kinds of effects are caused by the energy limits the kids are exposed to by Wi-Fi.”
But Dr. David Carpenter from Albany, New York, a world-renowned expert in environmental toxins, told 16:9 he disagrees with Health Canada’s analysis. “The weight of the evidence demonstrates clearly that exposure to RF radiation causes disease,” he said, adding, “the evidence is strongest for cancer.”
While Canada races to go wireless, in other parts of the world, Wi-Fi has worn out its welcome. Herouville-St.Clair, France is the first municipality in the world to remove W-Fi from schools and public buildings. Mayor Rudolphe Thomas told 16:9 he’s not willing to gamble with childrens’ health. In other European countries, wireless technology is still prevalent, but it’s increasingly treated with caution. In Germany, Wi-Fi is still in use but the government recommended children limit their exposure. And in Britain, some public schools independently decided to remove it altogether.
Here, the current precautions are few and the Wi-Fi hotspots are plenty. Parents like Honing are concerned we’re sacrificing our kids’ health for convenience. She says she doesn’t want to wait. She doesn’t want her son to be an experiment. Dr. Carpenter shares her concern. He told 16:9 it’s time for Canada to stop turning a blind eye to Wi-Fi’s possible risks. “You don’t want to wait until you can count the bodies before you tell the public that there is a serious potential of harm,” he said. “And with regard to the issue of Wi-Fi in schools, this is exactly where we are.” CW Media Inc.
UK – WIFI in Schools
Part 1 – Panorama BBC program measuring WIFI levels in schools
Part 2 – Dr Henry Lia (Usa), Dr Gerd Oberfeld (Austria) and Dr Olle Johansson (Sweden), Dr Ian Gibson (England)
Part 3 – EHS to WIFI recognized by Swedish Government
Dr Gerd Oberfeld recommends Removing WIFI from schools or changing Schools
November 20, 2006
Health fears lead schools to dismantle wireless networks
Radiation levels blamed for illnesses
Teacher became too sick to work
Parents and teachers are forcing some schools to dismantle wireless computer networks amid fears that they could damage children’s health. More schools are putting transmitters in classrooms to give pupils wireless access from laptops to the school computer network and the internet.
But many parents and some scientists fear that low levels of microwave radiation emitted by the transmitters could be harmful, causing loss of concentration, headaches, fatigue, memory and behavioural problems and possibly cancer in the long term. Scientific evidence is inconclusive, but some researchers think that children are vulnerable because of their thinner skulls and developing nervous systems.
At the Prebendal School, a prestigious preparatory in Chichester, West Sussex, a group of parents lobbied the headteacher, Tim Cannell, to remove the wireless network last month. Mr Cannell told The Times: “We listened to the parents’ views and they were obviously very concerned. We also did a lot of research. The authorities say it’s safe, but there have been no long-term studies to prove this.
“We had been having problems with the reliability of it anyway, so we decided to exchange it for a conventional cabled system.”
Vivienne Baron, who is bringing up Sebastian, her ten-year-old grandson, said: “I did not want Sebastian exposed to a wireless computer network at school. No real evidence has been produced to prove that this new technology is safe in the long term. Until it is, I think we should take a precautionary approach and use cabled systems.”
At Ysgol Pantycelyn, a comprehensive in Carmarthenshire, parents aired their concerns to the governors, who agreed to switch off its wireless network. Hywel Pugh, the head teacher, told The Times: “The county council and central government told us that wireless networks are perfectly safe, but as there were concerns we listened to them and decided that the concerns of the parents were of greater importance than our need to have a wireless network.”
Judith Davies, who has a daughter at the school, said: “Many people campaign against mobile phone masts near schools, but there is a great deal of ignorance about wireless computer networks. Yet they are like having a phone mast in the classroom and the transmitters are placed very close to the children.”
Stowe School, the Buckinghamshire public school, also removed part of its wireless network after a teacher became ill. Michael Bevington, a classics teacher for 28 years at the school, said that he had such a violent reaction to the network that he was too ill to teach.
“I felt a steadily widening range of unpleasant effects whenever I was in the classroom,” he said. “First came a thick headache, then pains throughout the body, sudden flushes, pressure behind the eyes, sudden skin pains and burning sensations, along with bouts of nausea. Over the weekend, away from the classroom, I felt completely normal.”
Anthony Wallersteiner, the head teacher of Stowe School, said that he was planning to put cabled networks in all new classrooms and boarding houses.
Professor Sir William Stewart, chairman of the Health Protection Agency, said that evidence of potentially harmful effects of microwave radiation had become more persuasive over the past five years. His report said that while there was a lack of hard information of damage to health, the approach should be precautionary.
A DfES spokesman said: “It’s up to individual schools to decide on this.”
Teachers call for school wi-fi ban
By Charlotte Goddard Children & Young People Now
Teachers are calling for a ban on new wi-fi systems in schools,
despite research from the Health Protection Agency that claims school systems are safe.
Scientists set up 15 laptop computers commonly used in UK schools and investigated the strength of the radiowaves around them. The findings, presented today at HPA’s annual conference at the University of Warwick, concluded that exposures to radio waves from Wi-Fi equipment were well within internationally-accepted exposure guidelines.
But Philip Parkin, general secretary of education professionals union Voice said: “Just because a few laptops have been tested and found to have no immediate effects, doesn’t mean there might not be long-term effects on developing children.”
Voice is calling for a ban on the installation of new wi-fi systems in schools, for existing systems to be turned off when not required and that schools should consider whether they really need to use wi-fi.
Parkin added: “It is a considerable concern that in schools we are installing wi-fi systems and we have no clear evidence that they are safe. My concern is that until they are declared to be safe and proven to be safe we should not be installing them in schools. The difficulty is that once installed in schools, they are switched on constantly. Whether the children are using them or not, they are exposed to that level of radiation.”
The union is also calling for nurseries to ban mobile phones to protect children and staff from illicit photography.
Parents Sue School Over Wi-Fi
Reuters 10.09. 2003
A pioneering elementary school district outside Chicago has been sued for installing a wireless computer network by parents worried that exposure to the network’s radio waves could harm their children.
According to the complaint , filed last month in Illinois state court, parents of five children assert that a growing body of evidence outlines “serious health risks that exposure to low intensity, but high radio frequency radiation poses to human beings, particularly children.”
The Oak Park Elementary School District set up a wireless network to connect its schools to one another in 1995, long before such networks became wildly popular. A spokeswoman for the district, Gail Crantz, said it complies with all government regulations for wireless networks.
Today, the 5,000 students in the district have access to carts of laptop computers to do research on the Internet from their desks, said Steve Chowanski, director of information services for the district.
An estimated 30 million Wi-Fi networks have been installed worldwide, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, which certifies wireless products. Brian Grimm, a spokesman for the group, said he is unaware of other similar suits targeting Wi-Fi networks.
According to Chowanski, a small group of parents had complained about the risks of installing wireless networks in the school. In response, the school board said it would continue to monitor research into the safety of the networks but reaffirmed its plan to use Wi-Fi.
“We are not going to do anything different,” Chowanski said. “This is the wave of the future.”
The complaint by the parents was filed Sept. 26 in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois. A hearing before Judge Nancy Arnold is scheduled for February.
The parents allege that the district failed to examine the impact the networks could have on growing children’s health. They are seeking class-action status for their suit, which seeks to halt the use of wireless networks.
Calls to the parents and their lawyers were not immediately returned.
The Wi-Fi Alliance says Wi-Fi networks are safe. The radio waves in a Wi-Fi network use the same frequency as wireless home phones, and have one-thirtieth the power of cordless phones, said Grimm, the spokesman for the group.
Schools study wireless networks Radio waves used in internet connections are a cause for concern for some parents
Medicine Hat News – Alberta Friday, 17 December 2010 Amanda Stephenson
WIFI Removed . WIFI Banned .
2007: Therold, Ontario closes down its citywide Wi-Fi pilot scheme. – news source
2008: Lakehead University, Ontario bans Wi-Fi on campus. – news source
2010 : Meaford, Ontario St. Vincent Euphrasia elementary school – news source
2010: Surrey, BC Roots and Wings Montessori Place removes Wi-Fi – news source
2010: Maple Ridge, BC Parents pull kids out of school due to WIFI effects – news source
2008: Voice (UK Teachers Union) calls for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools. – news source
2009: Hérouville Saint-Clair, France: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools. – news source
2009: Irish Doctors Environmental Association: Warns that current safety guidelines are “not appropriate.” – news source
2009: Karnataka State, India: Bans cell phones in all schools and pre-university colleges.- news source
Ballinderry Primary School, Ireland: Removed Wi-Fi to protect the children.
Bavaria, Germany: Recommends no Wi-Fi in schools.
Frankfurt, Germany: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools.
National Library of France: Removed Wi-Fi and installed only cable connections
Paris, France: Removed Wi-Fi from four libraries.
Prebandal Preparatory School, Chichester, England: Removed Wi-Fi from its campus
Progressive Librarians Guild: Recommends no wireless technology in libraries
Sainte-Geneviève University, Paris: Removed Wi-Fi from its library.
Salzburg, Austria: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools.
Sebastopol, California: Broke its contract to install citywide Wi-Fi.
Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, England: Removed Wi-Fi from campus.
UK Department of Education: Children under 16 should not use cell phones except in an emergency.
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: Children should never use a cell phone except in an emergency.
Voice (UK Teachers Union): Calls for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools.
Ysgol Pantycelyn School, Carmarthenshirem, Wales: Removed Wi-Fi from campus.
Wi-Fi In Schools To Be Debated By Alberta Parents
The Huffington Post Alberta | By Michelle Butterfield Posted: 03/19/2015 3:43 pm EDT Updated: 03/19/2015 3:59 pm EDT
Concerned with the effects Wi-Fi in schools may have on their children’s health, some Alberta parents are fighting to have better wireless management protocols in place.
Edmonton parent and public teacher Marcey Kliparchuk says she started to investigate the dangers of Wi-Fi four years ago, when a cell phone tower was going up next to her school.
“I quickly learned that many many medical organizations have put out warning and cautions about this issue,” she told CBC News.
At Kliparchuk’s urging, Edmonton Catholic Schools are now looking into any potential hazards Wi-Fi — which is carried by electromagnetic radio frequency signals — may pose in classrooms.
ECS trustee Marilyn Bergstra told Metro News the district will be looking for recommendations from administration.
“Although research data in this area remains somewhat inconclusive, it’s my belief that we have a duty to act within an abundance of caution when it comes to the responsible use of technology in our schools as it relates, in particular, to the health of students and staff,” said Bergstra.
Next month, parents across the province will have the chance to debate a resolution that could see control measures, such a installing switches that can turn off Wi-Fi in a classroom, or offering Wi-Fi-free schools.
If the bill passes, school boards and the government will be lobbied for change.
Some people are concerned that exposure to low-frequency magnetic fields can cause health problems like cancer, autism and leukemia in children. Others argue that some people have a heightened sensitivity to electromagnetic frequencies.
However, Tim Singer, director general of Health Canada’s environmental and radiation health sciences directorate, told the Edmonton Journal that ““Wi-Fi equipment, including what is used in schools, emits radio frequency energy at very low levels and the scientific evidence tells us that it is not dangerous to anyone, including children.”
BC Student affected by WIFI
Gaia Willis-Owen, Global News: Monday, October 18, 2010
Hundreds of parents across the country are speaking out against what they fear may be an invisible threat to their childrens’ well being: Wi-Fi in schools.
MRSS student struggles with Wi-Fi
A community forum this week will deal with health effects of wireless technology.
BY MARIA RANTANEN, THE TIMES MARCH 8, 2011
Children pulled from Maple Ridge school over Wi-Fi concerns
Samantha Boutet pulled her daughter, Gabrielle (left), 7, and Amelia, 11, out of Laity View elementary over concern about the dangers of Wi-Fi internet routers.
Published: December 10, 2010 8:00 AM
Parents remove children from school, saying Wi-Fi networks are making them sick
- SARAH SWAIN HORNSBY ADVOCATE – APRIL 02, 2015 12:18PM
Parents Danielle and Oliver have taken children Nikkia, five, Georgia eight and Brianna 15 out of school because they are worried about the possible harmful effects of Wi-Fi. Ellanay, 16, is still attending.
A FAMILY have taken their children out of school because they believe the Wi-Fi networks are making them ill.
Parents Oliver Spencer and Danielle Sykes-Spencer from Hornsby Heights removed their youngest three children from classes two weeks ago, and are looking into options for them to be educated at home.
They said extensive research they’ve done suggests the illnesses their children suffer, including depression, anxiety, headaches and hormonal problems, have been caused by industrial electromagnetic networks or Wi-Fi, which many schools now have.
The Spencers said the fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified such networks as “possibly carcinogenic” means children should not be exposed to them at school.
The World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters building in Geneva, Switzerland, which has classified Wi-Fi as “possibly” carcinogenic.
Mr Spencer said: “We started doing a little bit of research that had the biological effects and the limits and the ranges, and everything the kids were suffering was on the list.
“In other countries they are taking the Wi-Fi out. In France they’ve banned it in nurseries and they’re advising it in primary schools. Germany’s going back to hard wiring I believe.
“Every day there’s something new that’s coming out. It’s more and more confirming that we really have to be careful with this stuff.”
Hornsby North pupils Georgia, 8, and Nikkita, 5, as well as Bianna, 14, who was at Asquith Girls, have stopped going to classes, while eldest daughter Ellanah, 16, is still at Ku-rin-gai Arts High.
Georgia has complained of popping sensations in her head and headaches, while Nikki was showing hormonal changes.
Mrs Sykes-Spencer said she felt guilty her children were missing out.
“I really want them at school and that’s why we want the schools to address it,” she said “There are thousands of studies showing the facts.”
A spokesman for the NSW Department of Education and Communities said they continue to monitor research findings in relation to the health risk posed by wireless networks.
Senior research fellow in epidemiology at Monash University, Geza Benke, who has researched the impact of mobile phone use on children, said it was too soon to say whether Wi-Fi had harmful health effects.
“At this stage I don’t think there is sufficient information out there to say Wi-Fi is any problem at all,” he said.
The Spencer family have bought a monitor to measure electromagnetic levels such as Wi-Fi and mobile phone masts.
Dr Marie-Therese Gibson.
However, there have been other claims Wi-Fi in educational establishments causes illnesses.
Dr Marie-Therese Gibson, who served for 19 years as principal of the Tangara School for Girls at Cherrybrook, resigned in 2013 due to health problems she blames on Wi-Fi installed three years ago, according to reports.
A Sydney University physics lecturer, Dr James McCaughan, also quit his job after Wi-Fi exposure from smart phones in the lecture room “shut me down’’, it was reported.
Wi-Fi alert: School officials may be personally liable for exposing children to wireless radiation
(NaturalHealth365) School districts, school boards and school medical health officers in Canada have been notified that Lloyd’s of London has now excluded any liability coverage for injuries, “directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise.” This includes the radio frequency radiation emitting from Wi-Fi and other wireless devices in schools.
On February 18, 2015, the UK agent for Lloyd’s stated, “the Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (Exclusion 32) is a General Insurance Exclusion and is applied across the market as standard. The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionizing radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage.”
Guidelines for Safer Use of Wireless Technology in Classrooms Published
Grassroots Environmental Education, Virtual Strategy Magazine, Mar 24, 2015
Teachers are Urged to Avoid Prolonged Contact and Turn Off Wireless Functions When Possible
An environmental health non-profit organization has issued a set of science-based guidelines for school teachers and administrators who are using wireless technologies in school classrooms. Based on peer-reviewed studies that link wireless radiation with neurological symptoms, the Guidelines urge teachers to limit exposures in classrooms to wireless radiation from routers, tablets and laptops. The Guidelines were delivered to a meeting of the Health and Safety Conference of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on March 14th.
“There’s a rush to make every classroom in America a wireless classroom, on the presumption that wireless radiation is completely safe,” says Patricia Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, which created the Guidelines based on input from researchers, medical professionals and radiation experts. “But the weight of scientific evidence pointing to potential health impacts, not only for students, but for teachers, especially pregnant teachers, should compel us to take a precautionary approach. It’s just common sense.”
Recent studies at Yale University and other institutions around the world have demonstrated significant biological effects from exposure to wireless radiation. In one recent study, pregnant mice exposed to radiation from a cell phone had offspring that exhibited symptoms similar to ADHD in children. Many other studies have also reported behavioral abnormalities resulting from exposure to wireless radiation.
“A growing body of science is indicating links between exposure to wireless radiation and health impacts including neurological deficits and neurobehavioral disorders,” says Joel Moskowitz, Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley. “These guidelines will help reduce microwave radiation exposure among students and teachers. I recommend every teacher in the nation pay attention to them.”
“We have enough evidence to justify taking action and we are not willing to wait until our members, their children and the students suffer health consequences from not doing anything,” says Paul Pecorale, Vice President of NYSUT. ”The history of occupational disease shows the devastating consequences of doing just that. We think that following these simple, common-sense Guidelines makes sense for schools districts, their staff and students.”
The Guidelines can be accessed at http://grassrootsinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Safer-Guidelines.pdf
A list of independent, peer-reviewed science studies supporting this concern is located at http://grassrootsinfo.org/emerging-science-on-wireless-radiation/
Grassroots Environmental Education is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in New York with a mission to inform the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, and the seeks to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities. More information is available on the organization’s web site,www.GrassrootsInfo.org.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/guidelines-for-safer-use-of-wireless-technology-in-classrooms-published-300054729.html
For more information about Wi-Fi in Schools see:
Afula, Israel : Seven classrooms were evacuated because of exceeding radiation
Alarm and panic, that’s how the reactions of parents can be described, after they learnt that radiation measurements in schools found exceeding radiation. The information was spread like fire in thistles field. The members of the school parents board in Zeev school decided with the management of the school, to evacuate 7 classrooms. Parents who heard about it in other schools became stressed, because they did not know the results yet. Then the municipal board threatened to do a strike if they did not receive the report. The report showed exceeding of ELF. The significant exceeding was found in 3 schools. David Swisa, responsible for education in the municipality, said that one of the parents told him that he was informed about a problematic report and that the parents did not receive the report and did not know what it was about. In the municipality they received the report but did not distribute it to others. “I as the responsible for education in the municipality, did not even know that the examinations were done. There was a problem in the way it was managed, and parents thought that the report was hidden from them on purpose”.
In one of the schools the library turned into a classroom after the classroom was evacuated, with cooperation of the school principal. The teachers room became a classroom, and the teachers moved to the principal’s office.
Afula’s municipality said that two examinations were done – one ordered by the municipality and the other by the Ministry of Education without the knowledge of the municipality. Wireless and cellular radiation that exists in the rooms spaces, was found totally normal, the municipality said. In few cases there was radiation emitted from wireless computers screens that can be removed….All the power workers of the municipality were recruited to correct the flaws and will work with experts.
The Ministry of Education said that Tel Dor company was asked to do the examination in all schools in the country, funded by the Ministry of Education. The summarizing report was sent to the head of the environmental unit of the local authority, who guided the school’s principal about steps to be done if exceeding is found. The district is not copied to the report. It’s a report only for professionals”.
Chairman of the municipal parents board, Roy Bar, said that there was great panic among the parents. “I receive many phone calls from pressured parents who want answers. The parents wanted to do a strike. People started saying that their children complain on headaches and then they understood why. Everything could have been prevented if they had sat with us in an organized way when the report arrived at the municipality. The examination included 19 schools around the city, 8 of them were found to be OK. In Nofim school there was found exceeding in one of the classrooms, and it was recommended to install shielding to the wall that is close to the electricity board. Exceeding was found also in Moria school in the computers classrooms near the screens, there it was recommended to replace the computers screens to LCD. In Cramim school exceeding was found in the educational consultant’s room and it was recommended to move her to another room.
Anat Gon 15.2.15 www.mynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4625876,00.html
Oregon’s Bill to Disclose Wireless Technology Health Risks
Oregon State Representative Alissa Kenyguyer has proposed House Bill 3350 which directs the Oregon Department of Education to prepare a statement that would disclose the potential health risks of wireless technology.
France : New law passed
Press release of 29-1-15
Ondes definitively adopted Act !!
The passed law allows to introduce a little more transparency
and democracy in the development of new technologies. It opens the way for a reduction
the population exposure to radiofrequency (classified possible carcinogenic by the WHO – World Organization
Health); it sets up a forum for dialogue involving stakeholders; it encourages the use of “kit
hands-free “and prohibits the wifi in nurseries; it prohibits advertising on mobile telephony towards
children; it requests a report on electro-hypersensitivity.
This is little compared to the initial ambition of the proposal Bill Laurence Bee (EELV). Yet this is a first
Advanced which has great symbolic significance in a context where industrial lobbying was spectacular against this text
law – the legislative process of the text took more than 2 years! Robin de Toits expect rapid enactment of this law
so she returned to the shortest possible time.
Robin de Toits is concerned about the level of misinformation
Yet some elected supposed “to represent the nation,” their frenzy “all connected” and irrespective of the
paradoxically emphasizes their health consequences disconnection from the field, with the record and with
reality of scientific knowledge …
Robin de Toits welcomes parliamentarians allowed the adoption of this law – the first of which must be
quote Laurence Bee author and rapporteur of this law and encourages them to continue on this path.
This law is simply a first at European level!
Robin de Toits
Los Angeles Unified School District Accommodates Teacher Who Fell Ill After Wireless Installation
PRLog - Oct. 10, 2014 - In the Fall of 2014, LAUSD, the second largest public school district in the US, officially accommodated teacher Ms. Anura Lawson by approving her request to have the Wi-Fi turned off in her classroom during the 2014-2015 school year and alternatively approving a reassignment to a different school site where Wi-Fi has yet to be installed.
The Middle School teacher reported that she fell seriously ill after a wireless system upgrade in her school in Spring 2014. She described her cardiac symptoms during a May 28, LAUSD Common Core Tech Project meeting. Ms. Lawson also stated, The students are having nosebleeds and the main offices are refusing to do incident reports. I have had two seventh grade students bleeding out of their ears. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wghaMbzRnb4&feature=youtu.be
This is the first accommodation in a US public school system for microwave sickness.
Microwave sickness, also known as electro hypersensitivity (EHS), is not widely recognized in the US. However, physicians in many other countries are familiar with this medical condition and the diagnosis is more common. EHS symptoms include: headaches, dizziness, anxiety, rapid heart beat (tachycardia) and irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), ear and nose bleeds, tinnitus, red and irritated eyes, increased mucous and upper airway congestion, itchy skin rashes, abdominal pain, poor focus and attention, memory and sleep problems.
In March 2012, the Austrian Medical Association recognized and developed EHS treatment guidelines. In the United States, adverse effects were identified before 1988 when a US Air Force Review stated that “Experimental evidence has shown that exposure to low intensity radiation can have a profound effect on biological processes.”
The LAUSD Board of Education went ahead with a wireless technology plan in February 2013, even after they were presented with numerous letters from many noted medical doctors and researchers, including the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, imploring them to use wired technology in the classroom because of the health impacts from wireless radiation. Seehttp://wifiinschools.com/lausd-testimony.html
Wireless LAUSD classrooms typically employ 30+ devices (iPads) in addition to an industrial-sized router. These devices all emit microwave radiation and represent an unprecedented level of exposure to children.
Decades of accumulated research show wireless radiation damages neurological, immune, and reproductive systems in addition to increasing cancer risk. Professor Olle Johansson, Karolinksa Institute, Stockholm Sweeden, has stated that wireless radiation exposure studies have indicated irreversible sterility within five generations. As this damage is cumulative, the longer the radiation exposure, the greater the health impact over time.
“We are getting reports of headaches and cardiac issues from across the country. The time to act is now,” stated a spokesperson for the National Association for Children and Safe Technology (NACST).
NACST is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the health impacts of wireless radiation on children. They are calling for schools to use wired Internet only. Their website details both the accumulated research showing wireless radiations acute as well as long term health impacts.
The National Association for Children and Safe Technology
City of Hamburg stopped Wi-Fi in schools
HAMBURG | The Authority announced by the school after the summer holidays measures to equip the students three Hamburg district schools and three high schools each with tablet and notebook, are for the time being on ice. Reason is that the wireless Internet access terminals to be enabled by the wireless network WLAN. Both potential health consequences are unclear, and legal frameworks.
“Six schools replace board, textbooks, notebooks and pencils Laptop and Tablet in class,” it said in May in a statement presented by Senator school Ties Rabe. During the two-year project should thus up to 1,300 students, which is about 30 percent of children and adolescents participate in these schools. Now the school board backtracked. ”We are currently investigating whether there are data protection or other legal problems,” admitted a spokesman Peter Albrecht.
High waves had the project mainly beaten because of the non-party MPs citizenship Walter Scheuerl with two kids trying to torpedo the project requests in the citizenry and various reports. So would transmit data over the wireless local radio networks by means of radiating and receiving extremely high microwave frequencies.
In fact, some doctors criticized recently, the introduction of tablets, smartphones, and wireless media as teaching in schools as “an uncritical acceptance of progress hype”. In an open letter complain about 20 doctors from “Doctors Working Group Digital Media in Stuttgart”, that the comments made in science and medicine concerns the use of digital media in schools were not being met. ”The correlation of the increase of overwork, headaches, ADHD and mental illness with the growing use of digital media is worrying,” said Ulmer psychiatrist and brain researcher Prof. Manfred Spitzer. According to the state of science whose harmfulness was clear that stress could also lead to impaired concentration, in addition to sperm damage to DNA strand breaks and thus cancer. The manufacturer, as well as the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, would already warning of a body-hugging use the equipment and require minimum distances, so the doctors. Neither school board nor health authority of the Hanseatic city could respond to such warnings.
Dirk Petersen, environmental expert at Consumer Hamburg , relativized: “There is in our view no reliable information, that it is harmful.” For the radiation was simply too small, so the expert. Ellen Kruse, a spokeswoman for the AG electrosmog the BUND Hamburg, however, criticized: “There are a lot of neutral studies showing that Wi-Fi is very harmful.” She called independent experts who educate in schools. Especially the combined use of up to 30 students comprehensive classes is questionable, so Kruse. The World Health Organization warn that mobile phone could possibly be carcinogenic. ”We are the precautionary principle,” she said. However, the Bund was not hostile to progress and plead for a wired internet access in schools.
In its requests to the Senate it was Scheuerl also the subject of privacy statements and whether the legal guardian, adult students as well as teachers they would be and what would happen if they would not sign. The school board admitted now, just to check this straight. Scheuerl said: “The Authority had previously not carefully prepared.” However, the use of WLAN is from his point of view in order if they would agree. ”The school used for the Internet research is important, but it is also about information literacy,” said Scheuerl. A general education he also called on the educational and learning psychological consequences, liability risks, technical issues, and copyright issues and risks.
United Federation of Teachers – Wireless radiation
Reducing Your Exposure to Wireless Radiation
Some tips to reduce your exposure to wireless radiation.
What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby
Taking certain precautions around wireless radiation is appropriate for our most vulnerable populations, including pregnant women.
[The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is the labor union that represents most teachers in New York City public schools. As of 2005, there were about 118,000 in-service teachers and 17,000 paraprofessional educators in the union, as well as about 54,000 retired members. In October 2007, 28,280 home day care providers voted to join the union, sending the UFT’s total representation well past the 200,000 mark. It is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO and the Central Labor Council. It is also the largest member of New York State United Teachers, which is affiliated with the National Educational Association and Education International.]
WIRELESS EDUCATION ACTION ( Oregon )
Schools and school boards in Canada and the USA are doing everything they can to prevent information about the dangers of Wi-Fi in schools from reaching parents. They refuse to allow presentations in schools, flyers being handed out, or information in newsletters.
In the US, David Morrison has been fighting for years to keep Wi-Fi out of his children’s schools. Recently, he submitted an application, which was approved, to have a booth at a PTA (Parent Teacher Assoc.) conference in which he planned to have information available for both parents and teachers. Once the organizing group realized his intent, they withdrew their approval. Below, in Letters, is his response to this letter from the organizers which can be found at:
Teachers call for Wi-Fi ban
- National Post – (Latest Edition)22 Mar 2016 Ashley Csanady
Wireless Internet signals are often no stronger than those from a baby monitor, but that hasn’t halted debate over banning Wi- Fi from classrooms.
Two teachers union locals in Kingston, Ont., want their school to switch off wireless Internet connections. They are concerned the signals pose a significant health risk, although public health units across the country say Wi-Fi is safe, even for young children.
That hasn’t prevented school boards and some teachers unions, including the Canadian Teachers Federation, from calling for a moratorium on its use in schools, if not an outright ban.
“We’re concerned because Wi- Fi and microwave communications have not been determined to be safe and we’ve never received any training about the hazards, such as all the warnings that come with your cellphones or wireless devices,” said Andrea Loken, president of the Limestone district branch of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.
“We’ve never been asked if we’re OK with being subjected to Wi-Fi all day every day while we’re at work. No one has given consent and no one has been informed of the risks.”
The branch has been joined by the local branch of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in asking their school board to review Wi- Fi use, something that was already underway. The board expects to table a report this month.
Loken cites several studies on Wi- Fi safety, a stance t aps i nto moves to ban Wi- Fi across Canada and internationally. It’s already banned in French schools.
The ETFO, which represents all Ontario elementary teachers, is also questioning Wi-Fi’s safety.
There have been similar debates in Peel, one of Canada’s largest school boards covering a swath of suburbs west of Toronto, and at the Edmonton Catholic School Board.
The concerns stem from the belief the radio-frequency electromagnetic energy that carries Wi-Fi to electronic devices is detrimental to human health, especially when it is powerful enough to cover an entire school or system. It is a low form of radiation, about the same as what comes off a TV or microwave.
Loken said her executive has done its own research and is convinced Health Canada is failing to recognize the danger of Wi-Fi. She says “it’s simply not true” Wi-Fi is the same strength as a radio broadcast tower. ( Most WiFi runs between 2.4 and 5 gigahertz; 2.4 gigahertz is so common it’s usually the frequency for baby monitors and garage door openers).
“The problem with Wi- Fi in schools is that it’s on all the time. We’re not allowed to turn it off,” Loken said.
But Health Canada — like the World Health Organization and Public Health Ontario — states “current scientific evidence supports the assertion that (radio-frequency) energy emissions from Wi-Fi devices are not harmful.”
Based on a recent review of the scientific literature, the World Health Organization concluded evidence does not confirm the existence of health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.
Up-to-date 154-page PDF compendium of various MDs’, MD groups’, and PhDs’ correspondence and postings regarding Wi-Fi radiation in schools