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WiFi linked to ADHD

23rd April 2007

Wireless computer networks in schools may be damaging the health of our children, warns a teaching union.

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According to the Professional Association of Teachers, some teachers fear the radiation emitted by wireless transmitters could be causing poor concentration and hyperactivity amongst pupils.  The association has written to Education Secretary Alan Johnson asking for an inquiry into the effects of WiFi internet connections which are installed in up to 80% of British schools.

Wireless systems use a small transmitter to link laptops to an internet connection and some experts fear this is causing a ‘cloud of electronic smog’ across the country which is damaging the nation’s health.  Campaigners say the level of microwaves emitted by a WiFi connection is similar to that from a mobile phone mast.  Many people are concerned that no research has been carried out into the effects of these microwaves on our health.  Those who frequently use wireless systems have complained of headaches, nausea and lapses in concentration.  Experts fear children are more at risk of long term damage as their bodies are still developing and are therefore more susceptible to the effects of radiation.

Alasdair Philips, from the campaign group Powerwatch, says he believes the radiation from wireless networks could be to blame for the fourfold rise in ADHD over the last decade.  “I believe that rolling out wireless networks in schools should be a criminal offence without close monitoring of pupils' health. Being in a Wi-Fi classroom is similar to sitting in the main beam about 330 feet from a mobile phone mast,? he said.

 

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