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Top Ten Facts about Wi-Fi in School

Every Parent Needs To Know the Facts

We might assume that Wi-Fi is safe ? Nope. 
Regulations and codes may be met, but that doesn't mean it is "safe".  
Not a single medical organization states that Wi-Fi is "safe". 

Just because it is legal to put in a classroom, doesn't make it right. 
Wi-Fi in the classroom could be a serious health hazard for students.

1. Worldwide Schools are Removing Wi-Fi.

Private schools in the United States are removing wireless networks due to health and safety issues. 

France has banned constant Wi-Fi in elementary schools and over a dozen countries and have enacted policies to reduce wireless radiation in the classroom.

2. Children are More Vulnerable than Adults. 

According to the World Health Organization research shows that children can absorb up to 10 times more radiation in their bone marrow and have increased absorption into their brain in comparison to adults.

Wi-Fi in schools means that children are getting full body exposure to this radiation and no research has been done to understand how children absorb this radiation throughout their bodies.   What will the impact be after 12 years of school? Children are not just little adults, their brains and immune systems are rapidly developing.

3. Wireless exposures at 100,000 times less than FCC guidelines have caused damage to mice, rats, bunnies, and humans in research studies.

According to the California Medical Association Wireless is a “new form of environmental pollution” and “ peer reviewed research has demonstrated adverse biological effects of wireless EMF including single and double stranded DNA breaks, creation of reactive oxygen species, immune dysfunction, cognitive processing effects, stress protein synthesis in the brain, altered brain development, sleep and memory disturbances, ADHD, abnormal behavior, sperm dysfunction, and brain tumors.” Check out the Research HERE.

4. Very Low Wi-Fi Levels Could Result in Early Dementia.

Volkow 2011, JAMA
Recent studies shows brain tissue damage and altered brain function from wireless levels well below the legal limit. For example a recently published study on wireless equipment states that “long term exposure of 2.4 GHz RF (from Wi-Fi Equipment) may lead to adverse effects such as neurodegenerative diseases.” The authors state that this research shows that Wi-Fi may be a risk factor for Alzheimer and other diseases. Read it HERE.  The study is only one of many studies showing
nervous system damage. Read more.

5.  Teacher Unions are Recommending Reduced Exposures

The United Federation of Teachers’ Wireless Radiation Webpage states,  Wireless radiation is emitted by the myriad of wireless devices we encounter every day. It was once thought to be relatively harmless. However, we now know that wireless radiation can cause non-thermal biological effects as well, including damage to cells and DNA, even at low levels."

Several Teacher Unions and PTAs are calling for action. Read more.

Dr. Martha Herbert, a Harvard pediatric neurologist and expert in autism recommends Wi-Fi free schools. Read letters from her and other Doctors HERE. Hugh Taylor, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at  Yale Medicine and dozens of other doctors are recommending pregnant women reduce wireless exposure during pregnancy because of the risk of brain damage to the fetus. Learn more about the Baby Safe Project Here.

What about pregnant teachers, pregnant staff and pregnant students?

7. The US Never Set a "Safe Limit" for Wi-Fi in Schools.

We all think our government standards will protect us right? However,  wireless got a free pass. There was barely pre-market safety testing.  In fact, there are no federally developed safety standards for wireless in this country. The EPA and the FDA did NOT conduct research to set a “safe” level. Instead "permissible exposure levels" were adopted from the recommendations of an engineering group (not medical doctors). These regulations were last reviewed 18 years ago and are officially under review by the FCC with many scientists calling for stricter regulations to protect children. Why is our government relying on outdated laws under scrutiny and why are guidelines being used in place of safety limits?

The guidelines only account for short term heating - 30 minutes of exposure, not the long-term effect of a six hour school day. School exposures are far more than 30 minutes. Learn more. Read the letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics  and from the EPA about how government standards do not protect the pediatric population from long term exposure.

Wi-Fi was not in existence like it is today when these guidelines were adapted.  The guidelines were last reviewed in 1996!!

Using national tumor registry data, a recent study found that the overall incidence of meningioma, the most common non-malignant brain tumor which is associated with wireless use, has significantly increased in the United States in recent years ( Read MORE HERE. ).  

Wireless frequencies including Wi-Fi specifically are classified as a Class 2 B Carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

10. Wireless Networks in Schools Are 'Robust' Meaning High Powered, meaning A LOT of radiation.

School Wi-Fi is a much more powerful system than the router in your home. The classroom access points and routers are meant to handle up to 30 devices in the room and in some classrooms, up to 100 This means a huge amount of radiation from each of these transmitters. Every school has somewhere between 30 to 80 access points depending on the size of the school, emitting radiation in the building. Even if students are not using wireless devices, the radiation signals are sent out every minute of the day from these access points. The radiation moves through the room and our children's bodies are absorbing it all day long.

Just because it is legal, doesn't make it right. 
Wi-Fi in the classroom could be a serious health hazard for students.
Safer alternatives exist, there is no need to risk anyone's health.

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