Wifi radiation and digital addiction are two worries that some parents and educators have aired during information meetings now that tablets have been distributed to Year four students. These are two separate issues which are sometimes expressed as one.
Six years ago, when the eLearning department started looking at one-to-one computing in two different schools with 7-year-olds (Year 3s) we came across the issue of wifi radiation. The issue came up again during the One Tablet per Child pilot project and it seems there are still parents or guardians who believe that wifi poses a risk to our children’s health as one parent mentioned during one of the information meetings for parents held in November. In all instances, we researched and checked both what the international literature was saying about the issue and on a technical level. In all instances our research showed: Wi-Fi poses absolutely no threat to anyone’s health. Our research corroborated findings by the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO has examined the topic in depth, and says, “In the area of biological effects and medical applications of non-ionizing radiation approximately 25,000 articles have been published over the past 30 years. Despite the feeling of some people that more research needs to be done, scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals. Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.” (https://www.howtogeek.com/234817/dont-worry-wi-fi-isnt-dangerous/)
When we speak of radiation we need to understand that there is a wide spectrum of waves ranging from extremely low frequency to rays which are harmful to humans. Visible light is radiation and so are Gamma and Wifi. But these rays are at different ends of the spectrum as the above diagram illustrates.
The links below are but a small number of articles that scientifically debunk as many articles that try to prove that wifi is bad for us.
As a grandparent who will see my grandchildren in school in a few years time, I do not take health issues lightly but scientific research has shown that there is no need for concern with Wifi waves.
My next blog will focus on the benefits that our children will reap in the long run when we put them in an “anytime, anywhere learning environment.”