Canadian Schools Ban WiFi Based On Bad Science

from the and-what-are-they-teaching-our-kids dept

A decade ago, we first wrote about some freaked out, clueless parents suing a school district for wanting to install a WiFi network. The parents believed -- based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever -- that WiFi networks emitted "harmful" electro-magnetic radiation. Since then, we've heard of many such stories of people fearing the health impacts of WiFi, despite a near total lack of evidence of any harm at all. Studies have found that an entire year sitting next to a WiFi access point gives you the equivalent radiation of 20 minutes on a mobile phone. And yet, every few years, we hear about parents or politicians freaking out about the issue and trying to get WiFi banned in schools.

Amazingly, they've succeeded in some places, including 12 elementary and middle schools up in Canada, which are now being called out by a group called "Bad Science Watch" for making decisions based on absolutely and totally bogus science. You can read the full report here, in which they call out "anti-WiFi activists" who are "spreading misinformation." It seems they ought to call out schools as well. You would think that places of learning would investigate the actual science.
These claims are not substantiated by the scientific literature and have little acceptance from medical professionals and the scientific community. This activism therefore amounts to nothing more than fear-mongering by misguided special interest groups who are attempting to have these networks removed.

Nevertheless, the media has been all too willing to fan the flames of controversy and has contributed to a growing false uncertainty over the safety of WiFi. As a result many school boards, libraries, and town councils across Canada have been called on by concerned citizens to limit or remove WiFi networks.

Filed Under: canada, health, scared, wifi


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  1. identicon
    Linda, 15 Jan 2015 @ 6:19am

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    Hi there. Honestly, I was just posting the links I ran across yesterday morning that reminded me of your previous post.

    I saw the first link on the Drudge Report early in the am, and I included the other links that were indeed links from w/in the article itself, not trying to be misleading.

    I am a mom of 2 in Texas, by no means an expert on anything. I had no notion that there were any potential dangers with wi-fi until until some time ago I came across some videos by Barrie Trower. That prompted me to do some more research, and I actually came across your post back then and bookmarked it. I try very hard to find info on both sides of any issue I'm researching, especially if it's beyond my expertise.

    Forbes being a reputable site, I felt pretty comfortable taking the article as a sort of shift in the mainstream thinking that wi-fi is completely harmless. I guess the main takeaway from my limited knowledge on the health effects of wi-fi is that there is some potential danger to young girls and pregnant women, based on what seems like sound information. As a mom, I take that danger seriously. I don't promote not using wi-fi or taking any extreme actions, but if there are ways to make it safer in schools, especially since national standards require all public schools to vastly expand wi-fi in the next few years, it's something we should all take seriously.

    http://www.networkworld.com/article/2458948/cisco-subnet/considerations-for-wi-fi-deployments-in-k-1 2-education-settings.html

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