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WiFi Systems in Schools and the Danger of Radiation

Updated on August 19, 2016

Now that the new school year has started and students are settling into their classes; concerns have started to grow about the use of WiFi systems in schools.


The use of WiFi system installations in schools is causing some concerns among parents. Some informed parents are beginning to ask school administrators about the health concerns that is linked to using such a system to provide Internet access in schools.

With the continued increased in the use of technology many School Boards have installed and equipped their schools with various electronic equipment so that students can have easy access to the Internet.

It was just this morning, I was listening to a radio talk host on a very popular radio station in London,Ontario when I heard him conducting a rather interesting interview with one of the leading authorities on “Electro Smog”, Dr. Magda Havas. According to Dr. Magda Havas about one third of the population in Ontario have already been suffering from some of the symptoms of being exposed to radioactive waves from exposure to electronic equipments. Some examples of these are microwave, cell phones, cordless phones , smart meters, cell towers and wireless routers. She believes that continued exposure to “Electro Smog” will definitely affect our health.

The World Health Organization in one of its latest reports have classified WiFi in the same category as DDT, lead, and car exhaust because of the large amount of radiation that is emitted from WiFi systems. On the other hand, parents are expressing concerns about having their children exposed to such a huge amount of radioactive waves every day. They are worried that this kind of exposure to radiation daily could lead to serious health issues for their children. Already some students have started to complain about frequent headaches and nausea

.So far many schools in France, Britain, and Germany have removed WiFi systems from their schools and are using hard wired Internet system. In Ontario, Canada one private school, Pretty River Academy, after doing much research and in consultation with Dr. Magda Havas have ripped out their WiFi systems and have replaced them with hard wired Internet system. The principal in an interview also with that same Radio Host, noted that they are using the precautionary system because they do not want to have their students exposed to large amounts of radiation which could later harm student, when they can also access the Internet at an even faster speed and students can still be benefited from the use of the Internet. So far, it seems as though other School Boards are slow in coming on board to do the same thing as this private school Instead, School Boards are still continuing to install WiFi systems in their schools.

After listening to this interview with Dr. Magda Havas, I can truly understand why parents would have such growing concerns about the use of WiFi systems in our schools. After all, parents have a right to demand from the education systems safe schools; not schools where their children will end up being sick for the most part of their school lives. So the question is, is it fair for School Boards to install electronic devices in school that researchers are clearly saying, will in the long run cause some serious health issues because of exposure to radiation?


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    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR

      jean2011 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for your comments prasetio30!

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I know that they life in modern era, where everything related with computer and internet. Thanks to remind us about the danger behind Wifi related with radiation. We must give attention to this and we should share this with others. I hope there's a good way to eliminate this radiation. So the student can use wifi connections without any worry. God bless you!

      Prasetio

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      jean2011 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Ktrapp I have never thought about how students could also capitalize on WiFi systems in their school. Thank you for raising these issues. I guess the more we think seriously about this topic, it's the more we seeing other serious implications that could result in its usage.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      This is fascinating. My husband no longer works on his laptop in our home office where the router is because he says the further distance you are from it, the less radiation you are exposed to.

      The idea of our kids being exposed all the time frightens me. And as a side note, schools should be hard-wired anyway because these kids get on their facebooks etc. on their ipods all day long at school. Even if there is a passcode to the system someone seems to always find it out.

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      Sparkster Publishing 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, great hub. This is an issue which I've never given a seconds thought to before I read this article. However, I think that if Wi-Fi in schools really is something we should be that concerned about then we should also be concerned with the way society is going.

      My 14 year old stepson takes his mobile phone to school with him, he comes home and plays wirelessly on his Xbox 360 or sits in the living room next to me while I use our wireless internet. Or we might listen to the radio (RF signals). Our house is full of wireless devices and it seems we are constantly surrounded by invisible signals.

      Looking at the bigger picture we've even got satellites in space beaming signals all over the world, military groups using GPS and bluetooth technology and even technology that is used to revitalize the Earth's magnetosphere. Is there really anything we can do about it?

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR

      jean2011 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Good observation nicomp! Thank you for stopping by.

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      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      In 2006 the WHO came out in support of DDT: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?story...

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR

      jean2011 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Flora for your comment.

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      I wasn't aware of this danger, but i am never surprised to hear of technology causing radiation. I am glad I graduated before the net become available to the general public.

    • jean2011 profile imageAUTHOR

      jean2011 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Yes kashmir36, I think the more pressure we put on the manufacturers of these devices, the faster they will be forced to make them safer.Thank you for you comment.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written and informative hub, and i agree that it is a big health risk to anyone using these devices . We all have to tell the makers of these devices to make them much safer than they are right now.

      Vote up !!!

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