Wi-Fi Warning: What the Science Says About Your Child’s Devise Use

The wireless signal is so ubiquitous, we are alarmed when we can’t get one, but is it healthy to be in this electromagnetic field constantly?

Chances are, you are reading this blog on a device, and that device is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. We’ve become so dependent on getting a signal that we don’t stop to think about the health repercussions. The latest research indicates that there is cause for concern when it comes to child development.

The magnetic radiation resulting from signal being broadcast to and from the device (laptop, cell phone, tablet) is considered a class 2b Carcinogen, which means a possible cancer risk. These microwaves are absorbed at higher levels in young brains, fetuses being the most at risk.1 According to a survey article published by The Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, parents and schools should note the following when it comes to use of wireless technology:

  • Children absorb a greater amount of microwave radiation than adults.
  • Fetuses are even more vulnerable than children; therefore pregnant women should avoid exposing their fetus to microwave radiation.
  • Adolescent girls and women should not place cellphones in their bras or in hijabs (headscarf).
  • Cellphone manual warnings make clear an overexposure problem exists.
  • Government warnings have been issued but most of the public is unaware of such warnings.
  • Current exposure limits are inadequate and should be revised.
  • Wireless devices are radio transmitters, not toys.  Selling toys that use them should be monitored more closely.2

A volunteer organization called Wired Child (wiredchild.org) composed of doctors, radiation experts, IT engineers, and other medical and education professionals from several different countries makes the following recommendations on its website:

  • Eliminate wireless signals from cordless phones, tablets, smart phones, and laptops wherever possible.
  • Replace wireless baby monitors with analog monitors.
  • Don’t let your baby play with the phone or tablet.
  • Kids should keep phone calls short and opt for text whenever possible.
  • Shut off all devices at night3

To ensure that our children’s cognitive growth is not in any way affected, we should reduce their exposure wherever we can. Wired DSL routers are faster now and deliver the Internet without the transmission of microwaves. Practice safe use of your cell phone by turning it off whenever possible and opt for battery operated toys over “smart” toys. By making these little changes, you can protect your child’s health and your own.

 

References:

  1. http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2015/01/13/study-suggests-wi-fi-exposure-more-dangerous-to-kids-than-previously-thought/#2ea376b75fdc
  2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213879X14000583
  3. http://wiredchild.org/sciencealias.html

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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