WiFi in Schools Australia is made up of parents who have researched the scientific literature on the biological effects of EMR and also the background to the ongoing debate. Parents volunteer their time and donate their skills to help raise awareness on the implications of schools using wireless technology. More info here.

WiFi in Schools Australia hopes to provide a starting point for Australian parents, caregivers, students, teachers and the wider community to become informed about the potential health effects from long-term use of wireless technologies. We urge immediate precautionary measures until long-term exposure has been proven to be harmless.

WiFi in Schools Australia fully supports the use of technology, computers and the internet for education in schools. We also believe that schools have a duty of care and need to provide a safe learning environment for all children. We believe that schools should not expose our children unnecessarily to the long-term health risks from the use of wireless technologies. In order to minimise exposure to wireless radiation, we favour wired communications as a safer option until there is conclusive evidence that there are no harmful effects from long-term use. We call for Australian Schools: Stop Exposing Children to Radiation from WiFi and 3G until long-term exposure is proven harmless.

  • There are NO scientific studies on Wi-Fi which look into long-term biological effects on children or adults
  • Parents, students and teachers have not been informed about the potential health risks from EMR
  • Parents, students and teachers have not been consulted about wireless installation in schools
  • There have been no risk assessments conducted by schools, the government or standard setting agencies on the long-term biological effects of WiFi use in schools
  • There is no management plan to reduce EMR exposure in schools
  • There is no training for teachers and staff or awareness about how to be able to recognise any adverse symptoms in children from exposure to electromagnetic radiation
  • Despite the known risks wireless technologies are installed without any radiation emissions checks in each specific site where they are installed in the school
    • Ambient EMR is the only environmental pollutant that is not subject to any regulation
  • Students, parents and staff have not been given a freedom of choice should they not want to be exposed to wireless radiation in schools
  • All children have the right to a safe learning environment

Solution: Cabled internet connection in our schools

Health Effects
Reported health effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation EMR

  • Dizziness, Headaches, Nausea
  • Fatigue, Weakness
  • Anxiety, Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness, Tingling, joint pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Skin Rashes, Allergies, Asthma
  • Blurred vision, impaired vision
    • Nosebleeds, impaired sense of smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Concentration problems, memory loss
  • Behavioural problems, Learning problems, ADHD
  • Hyperactivity, Heart palpitation

Potential long term health effects from EMR as indicated in scientific studies

  • Brain cancers, acoustic neuromas and other tumours
  • Leukaemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Reduced production of Melatonin
  • Impaired fertility
  • DNA damage
  • Pre-natal damage, miscarriages, birth defects
  • Immune dysfunction, chronic allergic responses and inflammatory responses
  • Neurological and behavioural effects
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Epilepsy

Source: Safe Schools 2012; Joining the Dots Report; Dr Neil Cherry EMR ICNIRP critique; Freiburg Appeal 2012; BioInitiative Report 2012; Dr Magda Havas; EMFacts Wifi Flyer

Available: http://www.wifi-in-schools-australia.org/ (June 2018)