In the last decade, we have seen a significant increase in and reliance
on the use of electronic devices in our daily life. When we leave the
house every day, we look to see that we have our phones, our e-readers
and tablets, our laptop computers, and ensure that wherever we go, we
know what the wifi password is. Though there have been back and forth
data on the extent to which cellphones and other electronic devices can
cause cancer, the effect that these devices have on our children is becoming
More Evidence Shows Wifi May be Carcinogenic, Especially to Kids
Not only are children at risk of becoming addicted to the devices that
we, ourselves, rely on, but also, there is an increased probability that
children who are surrounded by wireless radiation emitted from our wifi
devices could be at risk of suffering health complications. Studies are
being published regularly that reflect the understanding that we are absorbing
radiation as a result of our wireless devices that work as two-way microwave
radiating radios. Because of the thinness of children’s skulls,
they are more deeply affected and are thought to absorb more radiation
than do adults.
The NIH National Toxicology Program Findings
It was originally thought by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the radiation was only harmful when it produced heat. However, the
NIH National Toxicology Program proved these assumptions wrong when they
exposed 7000 rats to equivalent radiation that humans experience daily.
All the exposed rats experienced rare malignant cancers of the heart and
brain, while not a single unexposed rat suffered the same fate.
Technology and the Classroom
Increasingly, our reliance on wifi and technology has us strapped to our
devices. Additionally, the importance of technology in our day-to-day
life has created a requirement to include it in our curricula, trainings,
and lessons on coding and software, committing billions of dollars to
creating computer labs and making Maryland’s schools wireless.
Should Maryland Schools be Prohibited from Going Wireless? The CEHPAC’s Report
Bcause the information surrounding radiation is still new (as there are
no long-term studies regarding children and electronics), there is a debate
about whether Maryland schools should be permitted to go wireless in a
show of progress. In March of 2017, for example, the
Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory
Council (CEHPAC) issued a report that showed that all local school districts in Maryland
should reduce and limit the exposures of the students within the schools to
wireless radiation, stating that until information becomes clearer about the safety of wireless
technology, the schools should stay wired.
House Bill Introduced Requiring New Standards Around Digital Devices in
Additionally, the Maryland House Legislature put forth a
bill back in February that would help the
Maryland Department of Education collaborate with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to establish
standards, guidelines, and procedures that would limit the use of digital
devices in public schools in an attempt to protect the children.
Screen Time Terrible for Kids
Though there are many naysayers and opponents to this who believe this
impedes progress and that the people concerned about the radiation are
hypochondriacs, there is evidence that a reduction of screen time for
children is also important for their development, socially and behaviorally.
Limiting screen time in children can have the effect of promoting creativity, individuality,
and increasing social awareness because they are required to play games
and interact with other non-screen users. Additionallyscreen time has been linked with an increased risk of type two diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension
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