1. Parents and wi-fi

Most parents would doubt that they have the expertise to judge whether a wi-fi system carries any health risks for their children, and would reasonably feel that they should leave that judgement to government.

At present, however, there are disagreements about wi-fi within the key government body, the Health Protection Agency.4 Moreover, the former chair of the Health Protection Agency, Sir William Stewart, has expressed concern about the adverse health effects that wi-fi systems may have on children, and other experts share his concern. 5

In these circumstances, we as parents cannot be confident that the use of wi-fi in school is safe. The dispute among experts, and the nature of the concerns some express, mean that wi-fi could pose serious risks to our children’s health.

We do not have to be experts ourselves to make that judgement—or to assert our responsibility for our children.

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4 The official position of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has to date been that wi-fi is safe, but the former chair of the HPA, Sir William Stewart, expressed concern while in post about the health effects of wifi; and the investigation into wi-fi announced by the HPA has been criticised as failing to cover the principal health issues by experts within the HPA (see below on both points).
5 ‘Health chief seeks review of wi-fi risks in schools’, Daily Telegraph, 21.5.07 (main headline)