Very glad to hear the news that on January 29, 2015, the French Government passed a bill banning the use of all WiFi devices in nurseries and daycare centres for children under the age of 3, and requiring WiFi in primary schools to be turned off when not in use in order to limit children’s exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.
To my knowledge, France is the first country to actually pass legislation of this type.
It will no doubt be warmly welcomed by the Austrian Medical Association, the German Teachers’ Union, The Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Northern Ireland, The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, and several other bodies that have expressed concern for many years about WiFi in schools. There is no legislation about this in the UK but parents of children in a number of primary schools have successfully campaigned to have WiFi equipment removed because of health effects.
The new French law also includes some aspects that will be helpful to adults who wish to reduce their level of WiFi exposure. All public places offering WiFi services are now required to clearly state this information at the entrance to the property, and all wireless devices that are sold must be accompanied by clear instructions about how to disable the WiFi.
Copyright © Karen Kingston 2015