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Recommendation to Ban Mobile Phones and WiFi in Schools

May 23, 2011

A recent report by a Council of Europe committee has recommended that mobile phones and WiFi should be banned in schools throughout Europe.  This has come about after examining evidence about the potential harm from electromagnetic radiation from devices such as mobile phones, cordless phones, baby monitors and WiFi networks.

Children are more vulnerable to the effects of electromagnetic radiation, also referred to as Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMFs).  This may partly be due to the bone in their skulls being much thinner than in adults.  Therefore, the waves are able to penetrate more easily.

The committee has released a draft resolution calling on governments to “take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields” from mobile phones and similar devices, including a ban in schools.  It was adopted unanimously by the organisation’s Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs.

This is being recommended as a precautionary measure whilst further research continues.  The report points out that past delays on other health issues such as asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco had led to very high health and economic costs.

The report by the Council of Europe can be read here.

More information about EMFs can be found at