UK schools pull the plug on WiFi for alleged health reasons

Back in February, we told you about how Lakehead University in Canada was restricting WiFi usage for health concerns. Well, not to be outdone by a former colony, similar issues have cropped up in the UK at a handful of schools in Chichester, Carmarthenshire, and Buckinghamshire, which have turned off their WiFi citing parental lobbying. One parent, Judith Davies, whose daughter attends a school in Carmarthenshire, told The Times: "Many people campaign against mobile phone masts near schools, but there is a great deal of ignorance about wireless computer networks. Yet they are like having a phone mast in the classroom and the transmitters are placed very close to the children." Ms. Davies, we don't mean to be rude, but have you ever seen a WiFi router? They're really small, use much less power, have a much shorter range, and give off way less radio frequency radiation than your average cell phone tower. Put into technical terms, most WiFi routers have a peak power output of 100 mW (compared to most cellphones, which output at around 2 W). So, assuming that your child isn't sitting right on top of said router, she'll most likely be perfectly fine. And even if she is sitting on top of a router, aside from being somewhat uncomfortable she'll still probably be perfectly fine.

[Via TechDirt]

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