Wi-Fi in Schools
The first Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) was awarded in August 2022 for a UK child on the basis of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS):
Urgency: The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology is piloting six School District Wireless Network Models that expose children and staff directly to close-range cell tower radiation and toxic radiation from wireless devices issued to students. The science below indicates great harm to children. Much better technology can be had by turning away the wireless industry and securing excellent technology with hard-wired fiber-optic connections to and through the premises.
The TechSafe Schools project provides the following for you to share with your schools:
TechSafe Schools Webinars on legal risks, science and pediatrician insights, and remediation measures for transitioning to safe technology
A personal letter addressed to school administrators
Click here to watch the TechSafe Schools 3-minute video
This two-hour expert forum explains the biological effects on our children from wireless radiation in our schools. Technology safety educator Cece Doucette moderates with physician and scientist Dr. David Carpenter, senior toxicologist Dr. Ronald Melnick, pediatric neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert, clinical child psychotherapist Theodora Scarato and retired Microsoft Canada president Frank Clegg (gratitude to Shrewsbury Media Connection): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpa2XFxYax8&list=PLMAz9ZRXjYmoFALTKtCDXwmB7L9Emigcc
You are welcome to share the slide presentation as well. Please provided appropriate credit to the speakers if you re-use any of the slides: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kaW5nZW1mc3xneDo0NTkwMGNiMzBiOWRjMTBi
Worcester News Tonight covered it with their lead story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J868GkWEYw&feature=youtu.be&list=PLrErnc01o-ABCtZ4-MweRbaAbjKastONd
Note, following the Shrewsbury forum above, "engineering consultant to government and industry" Kenneth Foster published the following article in Harvard's Education Next publication to create doubt: https://www.educationnext.org/is-wi-fi-health-threat-schools-sorting-fact-fiction/
As the report from Harvard Law School Center for Ethics indicates, Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates, this is a common big tobacco tactic used to confuse the public and give a false sense of security with wireless radiation: https://ethics.harvard.edu/news/new-e-books-edmond-j-safra-research-lab
One would do well to recognize industry-planted spin, and look to the non-industry funded independent microwave radiation scientists and doctors, including those who presented at the Shrewsbury forum, and protect our collective children from microwave radiation emitted by the industry's toxic wi-fi systems and devices. Hard-wired solutions are much safer, energy-efficient, faster and reliable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z98xX7lddM
The Environmental Health Trust has prepared specific guidelines for How to Reduce EMF Exposure in Schools and Classrooms: https://ehtrust.org/policy/how-to-reduce-emf-exposure-in-schools-and-classrooms/
Dr. Cindy Russell, co-founder of Physicians for Safe Technology, and Environmental Health Trust Executive Director Theodora Scarato produced a 70-minute webinar for the United Educators of San Francisco, which has passed a Safe Technology Resolution. This is available for all schools to learn the biological risks and solutions for safe technology in our schools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=386&v=S7RUeC6zUjg
The EMF Points of Confusion vs. Fact sheet helps to dispel misconceptions that parents and school leaders often have about wireless radiation when first joining the conversation: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kaW5nZW1mc3xneDo3ZmM1NWViNjQyNTc0NzNl
The World Health Organization in 2019 published guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age, including specific screen time limitations: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/24-04-2019-to-grow-up-healthy-children-need-to-sit-less-and-play-more
The Palo Alto, California, Parent Teacher Association issued a Safe Use of Technology for Children During Distance Learning fact sheet recommending hard-wired technology and other safety strategies any community can use: ptac.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/Safer-Use-of-Technology-for-Children-During-Distance-Learning.pdf
Measurements of Radiofrequency Radiation with a Body-Borne Exposimeter in Swedish Schools with Wi-Fi shows levels far higher than biologically based exposure limits: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00279/full
Lloyd Burrell took measurements in a classroom and found radiation levels 3x higher than a cell tower's emissions: https://www.electricsense.com/wifi-in-schools-gives-off-3-times-as-much-radiation-as-cell-towers/
Dr. Martin Pall's 2018 paper summarizes studies showing the biological harm from wi-fi, Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health, Environmental Research, Volume 164, July 2018, Pages 405-416: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118300355
To understand the impact on today's mental health crisis, see Dr. Pall's, Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression, J Chem Neuroanat. 2016 Sep;75(Pt B):43-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2015.08.001. Epub 2015 Aug 21.
With gratitude to the Environmental Health Trust, the following also provides wi-fi research abstracts indicating evidence of harm: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kaW5nZW1mc3xneDoyYWUwODIyMzQxMDRhZjVh
Wi-Fi in Schools, U.K., also catalogs much of the scientific research finding adverse biological effects or damage to health from Wi-Fi signals, Wi-Fi-enabled devices or Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 or 5 GHz): http://www.wifiinschools.org.uk/index.html
This webinar presentation from the University of Michigan addresses growing mental health issues that stem from excessive screen time. This is your brain online: The impact of Technology on Mental Health: http://spartanyouth.msu.edu/precollege/documents/ThisisyourbrainonlineforPre-CollegeFacultyandStaffMarch2015.pdf
Dr. Barrie Trower, Royal Navy microwave weapons expert from the U.K., explains how wi-fi in schools damages DNA of female students and staff, and their subsequent family lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z99_SzoXZdY
Digital rights groups are calling on lawmakers to ban facial recognition in schools after a new study claimed the technology would have many negative implications affecting students: https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/08/11/an-unethical-experimentation-on-children-digital-rights-groups-oppose-facial-recognition-in-schools-backed-by-new-study/
Safety Recommendations for Children Who Use Digital Technologies to Study at Home were released during COVID-19 to address age-appropriate screen time limits and necessary breaks, as well as the need to use hard-wired technology with the wireless antennas turned off when possible:
In 2017, the International Conference on Children, Screen Time and Wireless Radiation was held at the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. They produced the Reykjavik Appeal on Wireless Technology in Schools which is signed by medical doctors, microwave radiation experts, representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) focused on technology safety, teachers and school personnel. It calls for using only hard-wired technology in schools, with no wi-fi radiation exposure, where possible:
The country of Cyprus in the Mediterranean is removing wi-fi from schools:
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has issued an Open Letter to the Superintendents imploring them to protect our children by using hard-wired technology with wi-fi turned off in schools:
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is the first state agency in the United States to issue a report on Wi-Fi in Schools, and recommends using hard-wired internet connections over wireless: http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OEHFP/EH/Pages/WiFiCEHPAC.aspx
The Environmental Health Trust maintains a record of actions taken across the world to protect students and staff from wireless radiation:
This includes a Finnish school that has installed kill switches and timers to reduce wireless radiation exposure to children and staff:
Legislation to Protect Schools
Maryland has introduced House Bill 866: Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures - Digital Devices: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=01&id=hb0866&tab=subject3&ys=2017RS
Massachusetts has introduced bills to address wireless radiation and public exposure, including several for schools: https://sites.google.com/site/understandingemfs/massachusetts-emf-bills-2021-22
These two documents can help to quickly open the wi-fi health hazard conversation with school, town, state and federal leaders:
The non-profit Wireless Education has worked with experts to distill the science and medical advisories into an easy-to-learn 30-minute on-line course that will quickly bring schools and families up to speed on technology safety: https://www.wirelesseducation.org/store/l2/
There is also a low-cost 30-minute e-learning course for businesses to educate and safeguard their employees in the work environment. This covers both the health and legal risks of today's wireless technology: https://www.wirelesseducation.org/store/c2/
Both courses provide a tip sheet at the end with device-specific reminders, as well as a Certificate of Completion for compliance tracking. To support social responsibility, Wireless Education enables those purchasing Corporate Safety Induction Course licenses to designate a local school and Wireless Education will donate the Schools & Families Course licenses to help safeguard local students and staff. Please see: http://www.wirelesseducation.org/
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition has developed curriculum modules for elementary, middle and high school teachers and students: mbcc.org/lets-talk-prevention-actions-you-can-take-student-modules/
This 18 minute 2012 video from Australia provides an easy to understand overview of the issues surrounding wi-fi in schools, and how others around the world are responding:
Please note, the United States' current FCC standards for EMFs are very similar to Australia's outdated standards and are currently under formal review. However, in the cases of smoking, asbestos and lead, it took many years for the our government to change our public health standards so we may not see change come from the top anytime soon. In the meantime, manufacturers will continue to sell us harmful products so it is up to concerned citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones.
This 24-minute video from Canada's Dr. Magda Havas also provides an in-depth overview of wi-fi in schools. It highlights the scientific evidence and offers alternative solutions:
E-Rate Program Influence
The National Association for Children and Safe Technology offers a document to explain how the FCC has implemented technology in our schools and the corruption that has come with it:
This presentation by Mikko Ahonen, Ph.D., Sweden/Finland, and Ph.D. candidate Tarmo Koppel, discusses issues and solutions to protect children in schools in the face of government programs promoting wireless technology:
Technology Can Hamper Learning
Another issue is that technology was brought into the classroom under the industry's promise that it will enhance learning. Studies are now showing otherwise:
This study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) indicates student performance declined with technology in the classroom: https://seii.mit.edu/research/study/the-impact-of-computer-usage-on-academic-performance-evidence-from-a-randomized-trial-at-the-united-states-military-academy/
Princeton and UCLA researchers indicate laptop use results in shallower processing in, "The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking": http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131512002254
Scientific America also concludes, "Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom" because it is too distracting to the students, and those around them: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/students-are-better-off-without-a-laptop-in-the-classroom/
This New York Times article discusses, "How Google Took Over the Classroom": https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/technology/google-education-chromebooks-schools.html?emc=edit_tu_20170908&nl=bits&nlid=68490634&te=1&_r=0&referer=
Children's Health Defense reports the technology industry is offering free software programs in order to harvest student data and sell it for a profit, among other privacy issues: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/big-tech-collects-profits-kids-data/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=3e13b341-72a3-41ce-b4eb-34869d6d1af6
Silicon Valley Executives Ban Technology from Their Children
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports Silicon Valley executives are sending their children to schools with no technology and having their nannies sign contracts that there will be no screens around their children:
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.”
Silicon Valley Nannies Are Phone Police for Kids: Child care contracts now demand that nannies hide phones, tablets, computers and TVs from their charges.
Students and Staff Suffering
Rodney Palmer - Safety Code 6 - Presentation to the Royal Society of Canada: In this November 2, 2013 video, an experienced journalist presents concerns over an illness cluster with children in Ontario schools, leaving two children dead and two more with heart devices, among other effects:
Students and staff at a Texas junior high school suffered a "mystery illness" in 2017 with dizziness, headaches and nausea, all symptoms linked to microwave sickness: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/AISD-Jr-High-Plagued-by-Mystery-Illnesses-Reopens-with-Upgrades-and-Renovations-441326723.html
Twenty-six students and one adult at a Catholic school in Florida were hospitalized in 2018 after suffering siezures, dizziness, nausea, fainting and nosebleeds: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-ne-cardinal-gibbons-substance-exposure-20181119-story.html
In 2015, Jenny Fry, a teen in the U.K. committed suicide and her parents believe it was because of wireless radiation: http://news.yahoo.com/teen-allergic-to-wifi-commits-suicide-parents-say-223912154.html
In 2015, a family with a son diagnosed with electrohypersensitivity (EHS) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court seeking protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act from The Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts (law firm Markham & Read):
For the first time in American courts, non-thermal effects are recognized:
Educators Taking Action
The Buxton School in Massachusetts is banning the use of smartphones by students and staff:
Buxton Technology Philosophy: buxtonschool.org/technology-philosophy/
A teacher became ill from wireless radiation and sued when accommodations were offered but not provided. JML Law won the Appeal in 'Unprecedented' Disability Case Against LAUSD for Failure to Accommodate Teacher With Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Brown v. LAUSD establishes that symptoms of 'electromagnetic hypersensitivity' a.k.a. 'Microwave Sickness' could be deemed a 'physical disability' under the FEHA: https://www.accesswire.com/viewarticle.aspx?id=637661&token=hzivngfkuma2h2xz6rhu
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald reports, 'Major distraction': school dumps iPads, returns to paper textbooks: https://www.smh.com.au/education/major-distraction-school-dumps-ipads-returns-to-paper-textbooks-20190329-p5191r.html
California's Palo Alto school district has begun to reduce wireless radiation exposures by reducing energy consumption and turning off obsolete systems that were found to be still transmitting radiofrequency signals: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kaW5nZW1mc3xneDo2ZjdiY2RhYjcwNWRlMDMw
The United States Collaborative for High Performance Schools indicates, "...it is important in school environments with children to apply the precautionary principle 'as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA)' by providing low-EMF classrooms, specifying low-EMF IT equipment and wired Internet access network technology, and establishing low-EMF user practices." Specific criteria for schools to adhere to are provided: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kaW5nZW1mc3xneDoyMjhmYmI2NzJlZTQzNjc5
The New Jersey Education Association published a 2016 article that advises, "Minimize Health Risk From Electronic Devices": http://www.njea.org/issues-and-political-action/health-and-safety/reporter-articles
Teachers unions are recognizing the risks of wi-fi in their work environment and are seeking protection:
See also the World Response page to see what countries around the world are doing to protect their citizens.
Parents Taking Action
A parent interested in enrolling her children in the City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis educated the school on the hazards of wi-fi. After investigating, the school removed the wi-fi system as a precautionary measure to protect the students and staff:
Ashland Public Schools in Massachusetts, US, is the first to begin putting precautionary measures in place with Best Practices for Mobile Devices:
Los Angeles Unified School District has lowered its radiation exposure to 10,000 lower than the FCC limit, however, science indicates this is still not a biologically safe level and gives a false sense of security:
Scientists from around the world submitted an International Appeal to the World Health Organization and United Nations in 2015 imploring them to protect especially our children and pregnant women, but to date, nothing has been done. The documentary, "Microwaves, Science and Lies," shows evidence that even the WHO may be influenced by manufacturers' profit agendas.
Parents around the world are becoming educated and working with their school boards to remove and/or limit wi-fi exposure. Unfortunately, most schools boards and technology directors only know what the FCC tells them, which is that there is no evidence of biological harm at the non-thermal level. Science has long since proven this is not true. Please see the Science page for details.
There is great potential harm at the non-thermal, non-ionizing level, but our FCC guidelines remain in place from 1996 and that is what those who are resistant to change will defer to. If you read the guidelines, you will see engineers, not biologists, set them. Among them were members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). There is hope though, as in March 2016, the IEEE acknowledged biological effects in the IEEE Power Electronics Magazine article, "Some Effects of Weak Magnetic Fields on Biological Systems: RF fields can change radical concentrations and cancer cell growth rates."
Until a higher authority tells our schools to remove the wi-fi and use hard-wired connections, most school boards may not feel empowered enough to make the change. Ultimately, technology should not be rolled out until it is proven biologically safe but that did not happen with wireless and cellular products. Harvard University's Captured Agency report explains how the telecommunications industry rolled out products without proper safety testing.
So, until actual safe technology can be brought to market, it is up to the parents to become educated, and then help educate our schools to protect our children and staff members.
Students Taking Action
Two eleventh-grade students in Canada have started an organization to educate their schools and peers about environmental issues and technology safety. They are collaborating with the national organization, Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) to raise awareness and present solutions:
The following links provide additional insights to help guide us. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of these contacts, we are all eager to help you solve this problem in your community:
Safe Living Technologies, Inc., provides a three-minute video to show Microwave Radiation Exposure Produced by an iPad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLCi4UH6eKo
A group of parents in Petaluma, California has developed a two-page document that details a solution to hard-wire iPads in the classroom, see the bottom of page two for the components needed: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kaW5nZW1mc3xneDoxMjEzNGRmZWY1ZjUwZTk
Environmental Health Trust reports that Ashland Public Schools in Massachusetts was the first public school district in the U.S. to address wi-fi in schools, in 2014:
The following 27-minute WCCA-TV cable program gives an overview of the journey to bring about Ashland's Best Practices for Mobile Devices (another guest speaks briefly about a utility "smart" meter program piloted in Worcester, MA):
We also received a local grant to purchase an Acoustimeter to put on loan through the Ashland Public Library so residents can measure and remediate wi-fi radiation in their spaces. WACA-TV helped to produce a 23-minute public service video to demonstrate how to use it in one's home, and offers suggestions to lower exposure:
The Boston Parents Paper chose as their 2015 back to school cover story, "Is Wi-Fi in Schools Safe? A Look at Potential Dangers":
The California Medical Association adopted Resolution 107-14 to begin taking action with wireless technologies. Dr. Cindy Russell published the following article which is a good document for parents to use with other parents and school administrators to give them an overview of this issue. It is formatted well to print out and give a copy in meetings:
Safe Tech for Schools Maryland reported on April 6, 2016, "New York PTA Calls For Wi-Fi To Be Turned Off: Major Wi-fi Controvery as School District is Served With Legal Liability Notice:"
The following article includes a letter from a Canadian teacher who had to take early retirement because she became electrohypersensitive (EHS) from her school's wi-fi: http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/6667/2016-04-07/canadian-teacher-forced-out-by-wi-fi-goes-warpath.html
Portland Public Schools Expert Testimony by Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeretus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, and Merry Callahan, health advocate, present updated information on the health impacts from EMF radiation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCAyPMVuJHY
The following is a letter from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine to the Los Angeles Unified School District regarding the proposal to install Wi-FI in Los Angeles schools: http://www.emfacts.com/2013/03/aaem-on-wifi-in-schools/
Wi-Fi Free Schools Australia has started a country map indicating where parents can find a wi-fi-free school for their children: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zOkxcDhxrUz8.k-IiistVXZiU
Magda Havas, PhD is Associate Professor Emeritus of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University where she taught and researched the biological effects of environmental contaminants. In the following two videos, she outlines the issues with wi-fi in schools.
Dr. Magda Havas WiFi Schools May 9, 2013 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rddvfPucn3Y
Dr. Magda Havas WiFi Schools May 9, 2013 Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDEF2MDPu60
Dr. Joseph Mercola, Osteopathic Physician, released this article September 21, 2013: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/21/cell-phone-wifi-radiation.aspx
This site is dedicated to understanding and remediating Wi-Fi in Schools, and has some good graphics to help visualize the issues: http://wifiinschools.com/
For facebook users, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools seeks to educate parents and schools on the hazards of microwave radiation from cell phone towers and antennas on or near school property, and from wireless networks within school learning environments. Regular updates are posted to keep abreast of current wi-fi in school activity around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/110896245588878/
Using a crude AM radio, this video allows you to hear the amount of radiation emitted from a hard-wired PC vs. a wireless laptop and iPad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0B40whyzcA&feature=youtu.be
Parents for Safe Technology share radiation measurements taken in several U.S. schools: http://www.parentsforsafetechnology.org/wi-fi-radiation-levels-at-us-schools22222.html
This NIH PubMed database study concludes, "Parents, teachers, and school boards have the responsibility to protect children from unnecessary exposure." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26372109
The last line in this abstract from the NIH's PubMed database, on harm from laptops, is, "Laptop is paradoxically an improper site for the use of a LTC (laptop computer), which consequently should be renamed to not induce customers towards an improper use." So, that is what industry subsequently did. They renamed "laptops" to "tablets" but didn't inform the public that they are unsafe to use in the lap, and should be used on a table instead (and, might I add, best used in airplane mode and/or hard-wired). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22315933
Concerned parents in the United States can also send notarized "No-Consent to WiFi " letters to their school boards. This an important step towards accountability. Please see examples below written by concerned parents. Citizensforsafetechnology.org offers a Statement of Accountability parents can use: http://wifiinschools.com/uploads/3/4/3/4/34340185/statement_of_accountability.pdf
Jeromy Johnson of emfanalysis.com adds a form letter from concerned students: https://www.emfanalysis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/non-consent_form_and_sample_letter_to_school1.pdf
See the Solutions page for additional strategies to keep children and staff safe in schools.
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.