State Advisory Council Calls for Minimizing Student Exposure to WiFi
Schools across the U.S. have rushed to embrace more technology in the classroom. But how safe is some of this technology? In particular, what are the long-term health risks of exposing young children–or even high school students–to radiation from wireless devices? At least one state is asking these questions and has come up with some interesting answers.
Replace Wireless With Wired Connections?
Earlier this year, the Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC) issued the findings of its “Wifi Radiation in Schools” report. CEHPAC includes experts and community members appointed by the Governor of Maryland and other state officials. In 2014, CEHPAC received a formal public request to “consider the health and safety of wireless radiation” in public schools. Subsequently, CEHPAC held a series of hearings throughout Maryland.
In its final report, CEHPAC noted that federal regulations regarding exposure to wireless radiation is “decades old” and needs to be updated to reflect “current science.” CEHPAC urged Maryland officials to press the need for revised regulations with the Federal Communications Commission, which has jurisdiction over the issue. But in the meantime, CEHPAC identified a number of steps that state education officials could take to minimize the potential environmental harm of Wi-Fi to children:
- Schools should “[c]onsider using wired devices” instead of WiFi. Wired, local area network (LAN) connections offer secure Internet access without the risk of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- Classrooms should be built or renovated to provide “wired network access” whenever possible.
- Schools should consider shutting down wireless routers when not in use; routers should also be placed “as far away from students as possible.”
- Students should be taught to turn off their own wireless devices when not in use.
- Children should place wireless devices on their desks in order to create a “barrier” between them and the device.
- Maryland legislators should “consider funding education and research” on the health effects of Wi-Fi in classrooms.
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CEHPAC’s report is believed to be the first series of recommendations issued by a state-level advisory body in the United States. Hopefully it will spur interest in other states to take a deeper look into how Wi-Fi and cellphone technology affects our children. And if you have reason to believe that your own child has suffered ill-health effects due to wireless technology, you should speak with the qualified cellphone attorneys at Frasier, Frasier & Hickman, LLP as soon as possible.