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Wireless internet should be banned from schools, say teachers

Graeme Paton
London Telegraph [1]
Sunday, July 28, 2008

The rush to install wi-fi may have a “significant impact” on young pupils, it is claimed.

It comes after claims last year, which have been disputed by officials, that wireless networks give off three times as much radiation as a typical mobile telephone mast.

Official guidance recommends a “precautionary” approach to buildings masts near schools, saying parents must be notified first.

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Teachers say the same rules should be extended to wi-fi systems.

But architects suggest wireless networks are likely to become increasingly important for schools.

Philip Parkin, general secretary of the teaching union Voice, said: “I don’t know whether wi-fi is safe but there is an accumulation of evidence that suggests it can have a significant impact on growing children, in particular the development of the nervous system.”

Around three-quarters of primary schools and almost all secondaries in England already have wireless technology.

But Mr Parkin insisted that – until research proves it is safe – all further expansion of networks should be halted.

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