WiFi Legislation: Children

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WiFi Legislation: Children

Some insights into legislation that is limiting the deployment of WiFi in schools because of health concerns brought about by RF emissions include the banning of WiFi in France's Pre nursery/Nursery schools, state legislation in the US that prohibit cell towers in schools, new guidelines regarding Wi-Fi use in schools in Israel, and the RNCNIRP resolution in Russia.

FRANCE: WiFi Banned in Pre nursery/Nursery Schools

UNITED STATES: States legislation to prohibit cell towers in School

  • As compared to other countries, the US is taking a different approach in ranging WiFi in schools, with some states taking a more precautionary approach and prohibiting WiFi for students.
  • In 2015, 68% of the students in schools had access to WiFi internet, out of which 54% were at the elementary level.
  • According to the 2018 State of the States Report, only 1,356 schools still lack a fiber-optic connection, down from 22,958 schools in 2013 and the cost of K-12 Internet access declining by 85% in the last five years.
  • Today, more and more state government school legislation are taking voluntary action in the US towards limiting WiFi exposure to school children, with the state of New York recently passing a bill that prohibits cell towers in school property to because of the harmful microwave radiation's dangers on the children
  • In June 2019, The Oregon Health Authority announced that it "will review independently-funded scientific studies of the health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from use of wireless network technologies in schools."

ISRAEL-New guidelines regarding WiFi use in Schools

RUSSIA: The RNCNIRP resolution

  • In 2011, the Russian Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) released their resolution entitled Electromagnetic Fields From Mobile Phones: Health Effects on Children and Teenagers" which revealed the health hazards posed to children by the use of mobile phones such as "disruption of memory, decline of attention, diminishing learning and cognitive abilities, and others."(
  • In 2012, based on the RNCNIRP recommendations, the Radiation Protection officially recommended that mobile phones and Wi-Fi not to be not be used in schools.
  • In a 2018 paper by the Radiation research organization of Russia indicates the prevalence of RNCNIRP from past 11 years and the regulation is still in place, and the RNCNIR recommendations have closely paid attention towards the RF for children stating "Children and mobile phones- The health of the following generation is in danger."

RESEARCH STRATEGY:

To obtain and list the insights on the global legislation related to limiting the deployment of Wi-Fi in schools because of health concerns brought about by RF emissions along with the evolution in these in the past 5-10 years and any regulation on products, including insights on Pre-K/Pre nursery children, we searched through credible industry research studies along with referring to various Internet and WiFi regulatory organizations which shared the findings related to the current and past years regulation, the implications and further details on the insights in the country schools in this direction. We searched through Science Direct, WiFi In Schools, NCBI, WW, Environmental Health Trust, FCC, WHO, and Wireless Education.
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