Let's protect our kids. Let's reduce wireless radiation in schools.
Today's school classrooms are high tech environments, filled with wireless devices, each device emitting radiofrequency (RF) radiation all day, day after day. Manufacturers claim their devices meet all federal standards, but according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, those standards are not sufficient to protect children from harm.
The FCC's human exposure guidelines are more than 25 years old, do not account for the unique vulnerability of children, do not reflect aggregate exposures, and were never designed to protect children in strong radiation environments.
The FCC has been ordered by a federal appeals court to re-evaluate its exposure safety guidelines in light of new science showing RF radiation can be harmful, especially for children. Yet, no changes have been made. The FDA, charged with reducing public exposures to radiation from wireless devices, has failed to take action.
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Many children are currently suffering with symptoms related to RF radiation exposure, including headaches, nausea, dizziness and lack of concentration. Neurological impairment and reproductive problems linked to RF radiation exposure may not be immediately apparent, and cancer may take years to develop.
It is the legal responsibility of school administrators to provide safe learning environments, to be aware of any potential threat to the health and safety of students, and to take protective action to eliminate such threats. Reducing radiation exposure is simple and has little or no cost. There is no harm in protecting students, teachers and staff from exposure.
“We wired many of our school offices and classrooms with Ethernet, and were able to reduce the power output of our few wireless access points by 75% without any noticeable impact on performance. Even though we don't have all the answers, these precautionary measures make a lot of sense to reduce classroom exposure for our students and faculty."
- Frances Cameron, Head of School, The Hartsbrook School, Hadley, MA
“Based on our review of the health risks and the inadequacy of current standards to protect children, while the science evolves, we urge schools to consider minimizing or eliminating radiofrequency radiation sources and taking steps to reduce classroom exposure.”
- Environmental Working Group
“Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children.”
- American Academy of Pediatrics