On the 27th of May 2011 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called on European
to reduce exposures to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, particularly
children and young people
who are the most at risk
. To protect young people from
term biological effects
, the Council of Europe is calling for schools to use wired
internet connections and to strictly restrict the use of mobile phones by pupils at schoo
l. They are
asking governments to set up awareness
raising campaigns on the risks, targeting children,
teenagers and young people of reproductive age.
In the same week the World Health Organisation classified radiofrequency radiation from all wireless
munication technologies as a potential human carcinogen
These announcements have followed calls from the German Government for wired computer
connections to be used in schools and workplaces, the Israeli Parliament for schools to use wired
Austrian Medical Associations for schools not to use Wi
Fi or cordless phones, and the
International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety for young people to limit their use of wireless
technologies. The French Government have banned the use of mobile ph
ones by pupils in schools.
In the light of the growing concerns expressed by international advisory bodies, and as a parent with
ren in school
, I am strongly in favour of all communications equipment
Dedicated wired connection
s do not emit microwave, radio
According to t
Health Protection Agency
children absorb microwave radiation into their
bodies when using wireless computers.
Safety cannot be assumed, as d
amaging biological effects
reported at the exposures which the HPA consider to be safe. Studies have found
damage to human DNA, decreased fertility, cardiac abnormalities in humans, deficits in learning and
memory, death of cells in the brain of rats and seizures for susceptible in
dividuals, at the
radiation experienced when using a wireless laptop
The Health Protection Agency has compared emissions from Wi
Fi equipment to the safety limits set
by the ICNIRP in 1999. These limits have been declared in
adequate by the Parliamentary Assembly
of the Council of Europe, the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, the European
Environment Agency and the European Parliament. Obsolete limits can no longer offer reassurances
I would like
you to respond to the Council of Europe recommendations and
for microwave/radio frequencies
There are wired
Staff could use their
phones in designated areas.
Parents need to
have confidence that their children are not being put at unnecessary risk whilst they are in the care
of the school. Too many organisations have called for wired connections in schools for us to ignore
I also ask that you pu
sh for awareness campaigns for children, young people and families about the
potential harmful biological effects of wireless communication technologies. An informed public can
The document ‘Wireless technologies and young people’, listed be
low, may be
when considering health, safety and ICT
Thank you for your help with this
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