Impact on Children

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), representing 60,000 pediatricians, in December 2012 urged Congress to protect children from the dangers of wi-fi. "It is essential that any new standards for cell phones or other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable populations to ensure they are safeguarded through their lifetimes." The full letter is published here:

The AAP has also issued policies for Media and Young Minds (ages 0 to 5) and Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents:

  • LAUSD reduced their EMF exposure to students and staff, making it 10,000 less than what the FCC's thermal limits allow for public exposure (though it still may be an unsafe biological level when cumulative and simultaneous exposures are considered):
  • CBS News did a six-minute story on the radiation coming from baby monitors:

The following outlines the dangers wi-fi poses for children:

Reported health effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation EMR
  • Dizziness, headaches, nausea
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness, tingling, joint pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Skin rashes, allergies, asthma
  • Blurred vision, impaired vision
  • Nose bleeds, impaired sense of smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Concentration problems, memory loss
  • Behavioural problems, learning problems, ADHD
  • Hyperactivity, heart palpitation

Potential long term health effects from EMR as indicated in scientific studies
  • Brain cancers, acoustic neuromas and other tumours
  • Leukaemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Reduced production of Melatonin
  • Impaired fertility
  • DNA damage
  • Pre-natal damage, miscarriages, birth defects
  • Immune disfunction, chronic allergic responses and inflammatory responses
  • Neurological and behavioural effects
  • Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Epilepsy
Source: Wi-Fi in Schools AustraliaSafe Schools 2012 - Joining the Dots Report - Dr Neil Cherry EMR ICNIRP critique - Freiburg Appeal 2012 - BioInitiative Report 2012 - Dr Magda Havas 

  • Dr. Toril Jelter, pediatrician and general practitioner, discusses EMF, Autism and Child Behavior in an 8-minute video.  She prescribes a two-week trial with limited wi-fi exposure and patients often have remarkable results in just a few days:

Dr. Jelter also provided this 20-minute lecture, Health Effects of Non-Ionizing Radiation in Children:

  • Barrie Trower, a former physicist with the British Royal Navy and expert in radiation, explains in the following two-part lecture the dangers of using wi-fi radiation.  He is particularly concerned for the welfare of children and fetuses:

  • Retired President of Microsoft Canada Frank Clegg warns of Wi-Fi, smartphone, cell tower radiation:

  • iPads: How Safe Are Our Children? was published by The Green Gazette July-August 2013 and is attached below.
  • Attached is also a 2013 letter issued by a Vermont doctor and Dartmouth College professor to parents, school administrators, teachers, and elected officials.
  • Also attached is a 2013 open letter by UK medical doctors: Health and safety of Wi-Fi and mobile phones.

Psychological and Mental Health Impact

The following studies indicate wireless radiation causes neurological damage:

  • Pall, M. L. (2016). Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 75(Pt B), 43–51.

  • Warnke, U., & Hensinger, P. (2013). Increasing incidence of burnout due to magnetic and electromagnetic fields of cell phone networks and other wireless communication technologies. (Original: Steigende „Burn-out"-Inzidenz durch technisch erzeugte magnesche und elektromagnesche Felder des Mobil- und Kommunikaonsfunks, Umwelt·medizin·gesellschaft, 26(1), 31-38.

Two child psychologists have written excellent books on what wi-fi and screen time are doing to our children and our families

  • Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair offers The Big Disconnect, which takes one through technology’s impact at each stage of child development.  Basically, the left side of the brain where math and science are housed is still developing on point.  The right side, however, is not in many children.  This is where a child’s ability to show empathy, employ coping strategies, make eye contact, and self-sooth are housed.  In humans, we need regular human contact and deep meaningful interactions with loved ones and teachers to develop these properly.  Children also need unstructured time for imaginative play to develop deep parts of our brains.  Although well-intended parents think providing their children with technology will give them a leg up, the research is proving otherwise as we begin to see scores dropping after upping technology time, and behavioral and mental health issues are escalating.

  • In Reset Your Child’sBrain, Dr. Victoria Dunkley explains the myriad ways in which children can be harmed by electronic screen syndrome (ESS).  Biologically, electronic screen exposure can cause a chronic fight or flight response, and hit the same opiate receptors in the brain as drugs and alcohol causing addiction.  Children with attention issues and those with autism are at higher risk of addiction.  If not given appropriate time to rest and regenerate, children begin to suffer chronically.  Common symptoms are irritability, depression and mood swings.  As ESS progresses, mood disregulation may combine with aggression causing some to be diagnosed with bi-polar disease.  Others may develop obsessive-compulsive behavior, nightmares, panic attacks, tics, seizures, etc., as the effects take hold on the brainDr. Dunkley demonstrates how freedom from electronic screens can change the brain and alleviate or significantly reduce many of these symptoms.  She offers a four-week plan to reverse the effects of ESS. See also her article in Psychology Today.
Paula Healy steps us through the psychological and neurological impact of screentime in this 37 minute talk, How our Digital Obsession is Dumbing us Down:
Dr. Marilyn Wedge explains how screens are impairing development in “Virtual Autism” May Explain Explosive Rise in ASD Diagnoses:

Dr. Delaney Rushton produced the documentary Screenagers, which is being shown in schools around the world to address raising children in the digital age:
The New York Times continues to investigate the effects:
  • Apple's Steve Jobs and other technology executives limited their own children's technology exposure:
  • The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected: America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether.

  • A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley: “I am convinced the devil lives in our phones.

See the Solutions page for strategies to keep children safe.

Note: The information provided here is publicly available on the Internet.  
It is intended to provide a starting point to inform you of EMF dangers.  
Please do your own research, draw your own conclusions, and act accordingly to protect those you love.

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