Fear wins over science, parents vote to shut Wi-Fi off in school

Posted by Kole McRae

"After learning the whole story about how risky Wi-Fi is, parents voted to protect their children's health and plug the computers back in with hardwires," said Andrew Couper, "This is something every school council across Canada should be questioning."

Andrew Couper is a member of the Saint Vincent Euphrasia Parent Council and believes that the freely available Wi-Fi at a school in Meaford should be shut down. He's not alone, 80% of the parent council voted with him. They say that Wi-Fi is causing symptoms such as 'headaches' and an 'inability to concentrate' throughout the week and these symptoms will magically disappear during the weekend.

The parents do not mention that other sources of Wi-Fi such as at malls and in the child's home are not causing the symptoms. Nore do they mention that there has not been a single peer reviewed paper published on these so called “affects” of Wi-Fi. They go against Health Canada:

"Health Canada continues to reassure Canadians that the radiofrequency energy emitted from Wi-Fi equipment is extremely low and is not associated with any health problems. Based on scientific evidence, Health Canada has determined that exposure to low-level radiofrequency energy, such as that from Wi-Fi equipment, is not dangerous to the public."

Many commentators have suggested a simple experiment. Tell parents the Wi-Fi has been shut off and see if the symptoms disappear, then actually shut it off.

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Kole McRae

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