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Schools should be wired

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Wi-Fi is finding its way into Manitoba schools (Dakota ramps up elearning Aug. 16) so that students can more readily connect their laptops and other wireless devices to the Internet.

What parents and school administers don’t seem to realize is that there could be serious health consequences to overexposure to wireless radiation.

The World Health Organization has categorized wireless radiation (30 kHz-300 GHz) as a possible carcinogen, along with DDT and engine exhaust. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to review its standards for cell phones and other wireless radiation devices.

Russia, Germany and Israel have recommended measures be taken to reduce children's exposure to wireless radiation in schools. Doctors in a Toronto hospital are training other doctors to recognize symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which can include "poor sleep, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory impairment and skin rashes" and are seeing two to three new patients a week.

Wired Internet has many advantages: it's faster, it can carry more data, it is more secure from hacking, and it doesn't irradiate kids.

MARG FRIESEN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 27, 2012 A11

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Updated on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM CDT: adds missing paragraphs, adds link

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