Below are powerful warnings from International and Irish authorities admitting that children are especially vulnerable to exposure to electromagnetic and microwave radiation, and that precaution is necessary when using phones and wireless devices. Yet decision makers are inactive in many countries, including Ireland.
International EMF Scientist Appeal
May 2015 – Scientists submit Letter of Appeal to Secretary General of United Nations, Director General of World Health Organisation and United Nations Member States, with over 200 signatories to date.
“We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include–but are not limited to–radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).” Read Appeal Letter Here
Ireland – Department of Health & Children
June 2011 “CHILDREN should only use mobile phones “for essential purposes” as they are far more vulnerable to cancer-causing radiation, according to advice from the Department of Health” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer Read more here
“We may not truly understand the health affects of mobile phones for many years. However, research does show that using mobile phones affects brain activity. There is general consensus that children are more vulnerable to radiation from mobile phones than adults. Therefore the sensible thing to do is to adopt a precautionary approach rather than wait to have the risks confirmed.” DEPT OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE Here
Ireland – Oireachtas Warning Bill (not enacted)
An un-enacted Irish Mobile Phone Radiation Warning Bill 2011 indicates recognition of a need to introduce precautionary measures (especially for children and pregnant women) but unfortunately our government is unwilling at present to bring forward the legislation concerning mobile phones. Oireachtas.ie
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 2011
8.3. concerning the protection of children:
8.3.1. develop within different ministries (education, environment and health) targeted information campaigns aimed at teachers, parents and children to alert them to the specific risks of early, ill-considered and prolonged use of mobiles and other devices emitting microwaves;
8.3.2. for children in general, and particularly in schools and classrooms, give preference to wired Internet connections, and strictly regulate the use of mobile phones by school children on school premises; see full text here
Bioiniative Report 2012 Read Report Here
Americal Academy of Environmental Medicine
November 2013 re Wifi in Schools “There is consistent, emerging science that shows people, especially children who are more vulnerable due to developing brains and thinner skulls, are being affected by the increasing exposure to wireless radiation…It is better to exercise caution and substitute with a safe wired connection ” Read here
American Academy of Paediatrics
August 2013 “Protect children’s health and well-being. Children are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standard for cell phones or other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable populations to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.” Read here
Australia – Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency – ARPANSA
“The technology is new and it’s impossible to be completely sure there isn’t some risk. This is particularly true for children where there is little research evidence.” Read here
ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation) 2002
2002 Update to safety standards adhered to by Ireland and many other countries: ICNIRP safety standard update says decision makers should protect the vulnerable (children, elderly, pregnant women, chronically ill and electrosensitive) by referring to current science & setting levels lower than known to be causing illness & that is not the ICNIRP level Health Physics 82 (4): 540-548;2002 In contrast, the governments of France, Belgium, Israel, Finland, Russia, and India have all taken policy or legislative steps towards reducing children’s exposure to radiation from wireless devices – ranging from banning the marketing of cell phones to children under 14 to restricting wireless routers at schools.