Preventive protection of children from radiation
In some Swiss, Austrian, French and German schools and kindergartens the wireless connection to the Internet has been cancelled and the wired model re-introduced. The child’s system will react differently from that of an adult to mobile radiation, the radiation of the land line DECT telephones, WLAN, that is Wi-Fi, wireless transmission of signals, baby-phones and various playing consoles with wireless controls.
Since their nervous and immune systems are still being developed, as well as the fact that their bones are much thinner, the radiation like those coming from a mobile phone reach far deeper into their bodies. It has been noticed that the children who constantly dwell in electromagnetic fields, become nervous and restless, have poor and short span concentration; they quickly get tired and have a restless sleep.
Furthermore, Swiss researches have proven the genotoxic effect of radiation, which is something that the scientists found rather worrying.
In Austria, in 2005, the Vienna Medical Chamber published instruction on how correctly to use the mobile, and stressed that children under 16 should not use a mobile, except when absolutely necessary.
The Austrian Medical Chamber 2012 defined the radiation values, which it finds safe, but they are far below any daily values, which mobile phones, DECT and WLAN devices create.
Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection in 2007 warned of the danger of wireless radiation for children and the young.
In the last couple of years it has started to implement preventive measure in order to protect children’s health.
In FranceSorbonne III University in 2009 voted a moratorium on WLAN devices, with the goal of reducing the health risks for students and the employees.
In 2007 German authorities issued instructions on how to avoid the use of wireless technologies wherever possible. Because of the growing rate of cancerogenic illnesses in young people and children in the last ten years, thousands and thousands of German doctors and scientists have launched a strong appeal to the government and have voiced their concerns, seeking stricter limiting of standards for high frequency radiations.
The most common objection was that the existing standards were defined upon a short term thermal influence on human body, but since it is the question of pulsating radiation, non-thermal and long term influence could not be taken into consideration, as more serious researches have not yet been carried out. The situation has been changing in the last years, and new findings on potential harmful non- thermal effects on human body are coming up.
The European Council in 2011 issued a release in which they stated that the long term non–thermal effects have a potentially harmful influence on people, animals, plants and insects.
That applies even to ratings that are lower than legally allowed standards.
There is a public warning that any delay in terms of tightening up on the standards, could have the same damaging financial and health related problems as we encountered in the recent history with the use of asbestos and nicotine. Very serious appeal was launched to all the EU countries urging them to take the necessary precaution for prevention and reduction of the omnipresent radiation, primarily to protect children.
It is interesting to note that Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in point 8.1.5 states that we should step up the research of new types of telecommunication which do not have such a harmful effects on the health and the environment.
The ALARA principle – reducing the radiation as much as possible, has become a new approach in the fight against electrosmog. Some EU leaders in 2011 concluded that mobile phones and WLAN devices should not be allowed in schools.
The new World Health Organisation classification from 2001, re-categorized the mobile phone radiation from harmless, to “potentially cancerogenic.” A growing number of mobile phone manufacturers instruct that the mobile phone during a phone conversation should be held away from the head a few centimetres.
When it comes to children, we should not take even a slightest risk, but respect the instructions for the use of wireless technologies, as well as precaution measures.
Pregnant women are particularly warned on how safely to use wireless phones and what other prevention measures they should take.
Finally, the Swiss model of preventive measures against the radiation, together with the Austrian, ranks as the best of this kind in the world. Following the latest researches of their scientists on the harmful effects of wireless waves, they introduce new ways of connecting to the internet which will not rely on the wireless principle.
Children are definitely the most vulnerable group of our society when it comes to radiation and biggest possible care should be taken to ensure their safety in terms of the radiation, particularly in shielding the place where they sleep, where the radiation absorption is the largest.
In daily practice, the first step of the shielding is to eliminating the permanent sources of radiation in our own home, coming from WLAN router or DECT telephones.