In June 2014, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Washington, D.C. issued a statement intended to reassure schools and parents about the safety of WiFi for students in schools. However, the Campaign for Radiation Free Schools (CFRFS) disagrees that on-going WiFi is safe for kids, and they have released a counter-statement declaring this. The CFRFS paper, Critique of NAIS Statement (pdf), notes that professional comprehensive reviews of current studies show that there are indeed plenty of risks for kids exposed to excessive wireless technologies. CFRFS also points out that the NAIS statement failed to recognize that, “several governments around the world are recommending limiting wireless radiation exposure to children, and banning WiFi in schools, or that teachers unions representing hundreds of thousands of teachers are questioning the safety of WiFi, and recommending schools be hard-wired.” Keep reading to see the other reasons why CFRFS thinks that kids, teachers and other school staff shouldn’t be chronically exposed to wireless radiation and why they feel NAIS should retract their previous statement and offer up a more realistic picture of long-term wireless exposure risks.
According to CFRFS, the NAIS statement is misleading school administrators, faculty, parents, and trustees about the assumed safety of wireless technology in schools, and additionally, “supporting the telecommunications industry’s aggressive push to rapidly deploy WiFi in schools.” This push for more WiFi in schools has been championed publicly by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, former CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). CFRFS feels a much larger, much more current study is needed to decide if wireless technology is really safe in schools.
As they point out, the last time the FCC devised safety guidelines was in the 1960s, and those guidelines were based on thermal heating alone for adult military personnel. Without newer research by health experts, CFRFS states that we can’t actually know the biological and health impacts that excessive wireless exposure presents to humans, although some of the current literature on the subject already shows that symptoms of exposure to high-powered WiFi environments may include attention problems, cardiac irregularities, seizures, fatigue, and a wide range of other symptoms. Until NAIS conducts more research, CFRFS is calling on them to withdraw their ‘safety’ statement. Read the whole Critique of NAIS Statement (pdf).