Ontario Parents Say School Wi-Fi Networks Make Kids Sick
want their school district to disable its Wi-Fi network because, they claim, it's making their kids sick. According to a report by The Canadian Press, parents say that, after the district went wireless, kids from 14 different schools displayed symptoms -- including headaches, dizziness, nausea, faster heart rates, memory loss, trouble concentrating, skin rashes, hyperactivity, night sweats and insomnia. Rodney Palmer and other members of the Simcoe County Safe School Committee say the kids don't display these symptoms at home. "I'm not saying it's because of the Wi-Fi because we don't know yet, but I've pretty much eliminated every other possible source," Palmer told the Press.
The concerned parents volunteered to pay any costs the schools might incur by going back to a wired network, but the school board ignored this proposal. Now it appears some parents, like Palmer, might send their kids to other schools or home school them because of this bizarre rash of illness.
We've been skeptical, at best, of claims regarding Wi-Fi's harm, simply because electromagnetic sensitivity is a dubious disease, though some studies have shown links between cell phone and Wi-Fi radiation. Yet, in an interview with the CBC, former Harvard research consultant Susan Clarke said, "We have statistics that show that children, especially young children, are going to absorb much more radiation than older children and adults because of their thinner skulls and because the size of their brains more closely approximates the size of the wavelength being deployed." Any parents that buy into this, of course, would have to switch off microwaves, cell phones and cable boxes, and remove their children from any airports or coffee shops (whe re wireless runs rampant).
This is not to suggest that the switch to Wi-Fi isn't going to interfere with small brains and school kids, but Palmer's claim that he's "eliminated" all possible culprits is certainly hyperbole. We have to wonder. Is it really so strange that kids are sicker during school days than on the weekends? [From: CBC News, via: Slashdot]