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article imageConcerns raised about Wi-Fi in classroom

By KJ Mullins     Aug 11, 2010 in World
Should area parents be concerned about Wi-Fi in schools? Yes, says American Public Health researcher Susan Clarke. According to Clarke kids can feel sick when microwave transmitters for WiFi are put in classrooms.
"The symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, insomnia, and even erratic speeding heart rates are already documented in fourteen schools throughout Simcoe County since they installed them," said Clarke, who has worked at the Harvard School of Public Health and has lectured on emerging Public Health problems for two decades, in a press release.
Students at Mountain View Elementary School in Collingwood, Ontario began to experience headaches only while they were at school. Parents found that a high powered wireless WiFi system had been installed even though the school only had six computers. Parents asked for the school to change the high powered connection to a less powerful local WiFi system that could be turned off when not in use. Those requests fell on deaf ears.
The parents had good reason to be concerned. A report from the NMRI (Naval Medical Research Institute) listed several problems with the powerful systems on the human body including temperature regulation, altered menstrual activity, altered renal function and altered blood flow rate.
Ms. Clarke isn't the only one who warns about the effects of Wi-Fi transmitters in classrooms. The People's Initiative Foundation warns that children placed in a continual non stop EMR environment are at risk for illnesses including compromising their immune system.
The UK government has ordered an investigation into wireless computer networks reports The Guardian. Two years will be devoted by the Health Protection Agency to exposure levels to wireless signals within a classroom.
Dr Gerd Oberfeld, head of Salzburg’s Public Department of Environmental Health considers Wi-Fi dangerous, especially for children. He is quoted by The Meaford Independent:
"Wi-Fi in schools is basically a weaker microwave. With a microwave oven, you close the door and the microwaves are contained within the oven, whereas, with our schools, the microwaves are released into the environment. The school becomes the microwave,” says Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University.
The Simcoe County District School Board brought in an expert for the other side of the coin. Tony Muc is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He told the facility standing committee that there is a difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, reported the Orillia Packet.
"We really are exposed to all kinds of sources at relatively low levels," said Muc, who is president and chief physicist with Radiation Health and Safety Consulting.
Muc has also admitted that there hadn't been research on the cumulative effects on children.
Ms. Clarke will be giving two public lectures of the dangers of Wi-Fi and children at L.E. Shore Public Library in Meaford, Ontario today at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
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