A new website – www.wifiinschools.org.uk – has been set up by a small group of scientists concerned about the rapid spread of wireless technologies in schools.
They are, they say, fully supportive of the use of computers in schools and wish schools to be able to provide excellent information and communication technology facilities, but not at the expense of the health of pupils and staff.
They are concerned by the lack of information that schools and parents have been given about the potential risks from this technology and that schools have not been advised about the need to have policies in place to protect pupils and staff who may suffer adverse health effects.
They therefore support the application of the precautionary principle until better long-term health studies have been carried out.
The website provides information about the science, about international concerns and about the precautionary approach that some people are now taking with regard to these technologies to enable parents and schools to make more informed decisions about which technologies schools should be choosing for children and teenagers to use.
First Published in March 2009
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