Recommendations regarding wifi in Russian schools

The following was made public by Professor Yury G. Grigoriev, Chirman of the The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection:

Recommendations regarding Wi-Fi

From the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RCNIRP)on the necessity to regulate strictly the use of Wi-Fi in kindergartens and schools.

Mobile cellular communication is increasing in popularity among children of different ages. Children's use of mobile phones exceeds that of the adult population. While using these phones, they are getting daily brain exposure to EMF RF (electromagnetic fields/radiofrequency radiation). In addition, all children are constantly exposed of EMF RF from base stations (cell towers, antennas, etc.) . The problem of maintaining children's health in the midst of the development of wireless communications was established as a priority by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi creates an additional burden for the child's brain, whose body is in a state of development and whose mental activity is in formation. During this period, children are the most susceptible to adverse environmental factors (WHO, publication number 3, April 2003).

It should be noted that the existing standards were developed without consideration of this additional exposure to EMF.

The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection considers necessary:

1. That the Ministry of Health and other organizations responsible for public safety (including children) should pay attention to the regulation of Wi-Fi use in kindergartens and schools, the strengthening of sanitary controls for Wi-Fi use, and the development of an appropriate regulatory framework.

2. To recommend the use of wired networks in schools and educational institutions, rather than networks using wireless broadband systems, such as Wi-Fi.

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First Published July 2012

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