I was just watching this: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/ID=1587312590 a video exploring the concerns that Ontario parents have about wi-fi in their schools. What I noticed was this expert, Magda Havas, making this statement: “wifi routers are like mini-cellphone towers. The frequencies are very similar, very close to each other.” Only problem: they’re not! Cell frequencies barely get close to the lower edge of most wifi these days, 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz. Now, if people still used 800MHz, maybe she’d be right. But no one provides 800MHz wireless routers anymore.
This is just mindless fear-mongering. She’s supposed to be an expert on this stuff! This is basic science, don’t make people more fearful with ill-founded statements.
Then on top of that, they mention studies that say wifi may be harmful to children. What they fail to point out is the flaws in the methodology. But that would be boring.
They also do not consider the possibility these kids may be suffering a psychosomatic reaction, especially when they see how parents react over one kid that gets momentarily sick. Its happened before, where an entire school of children broke out into hives and started suffering flu-like symptoms. Eventually, it was determined to be a psychosomatic reaction, rather than anything physiological. Children are especially vulnerable to psychosomatic reactions because they cannot reason fully.1 comment
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