Wi-fi networks a cancer risk, say UK teachers
'Wi-fi networks must be removed from schools to stop children getting cancer,' teachers insist
Source: Daily Mail, UK
8th April 2009
Wireless 'wi-fi' technology should be removed from schools to prevent millions of children suffering a heightened risk of cancer and sterility, teachers demanded yesterday.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers called for classroom wireless networks to be suspended immediately until research has properly considered the threat to health.
Members said they were concerned by scientific reports linking wi-fi with impaired concentration, loss of short-term memory, chromosome damage and increased incidence of cancer.
Risk: Teachers are concerned by scientific reports linking wi-fi with chromosome damage and increased incidence of cancer
But there have been no long-term studies into the health effects, they said, even though 70 per cent of secondary schools and 50 per cent of primaries have already introduced it.
Wi-fi systems use high frequency radio waves to transmit and receive data over distances of several hundred feet.
They allow users to surf the internet on demand within range of a wireless transmitter and remove the need to connect via a cable.