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Wireless Computers May Be Harmful To Children

Children should be discouraged from putting their laptops on their lap when using wireless internet connections because of potential health risks, an expert has warned.

Youngsters should be monitored as public concern continues over emissions from wi-fi networks, Professor Lawrie Challis, who heads the committee on mobile phone safety research, told The Daily Telegraph.

Until more research is carried out, children should keep a safe distance from the embedded antennas on wi-fi enabled laptops, he said.

“With a desktop computer, the transmitter will be in the tower,” he told the newspaper.

“This might be perhaps 20cms from your leg and the exposure would then be around one per cent of that from a mobile phone.”

But if a laptop was placed straight on the lap when using wi-fi, people could be around 2cm from the transmitter, and receiving comparable exposure to that from a mobile phone, he said.

He added: “Since we advise that children should be discouraged from using mobile phones, we should also discourage children from placing their laptop on their lap when they are using wi-fi.”

Prof Challis said the potential risk might be greater for children who were more sensitive than adults to some dangers, like UV radiation.

Jeff Hands, professor of imaging physics at Imperial College London, said: “If we are talking about health issues linked to localised heating of tissue then these will be insignificant at the power levels we are talking about here.”

Alasdair Philips, director of consumer group Powerwatch,told the Telegraph it was not the heating of tissue that was the problem but the interference wi-fi radiation could cause to the electrical signals within a person’s brain and nervous system.

A family friend has been telling me this for years. It guess that you don’t believe it until it is right there in front of you in print…It almost seems to good that technology has made things so convenient, now I we find out it is.



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  • This is absolutely based on non-science. As a wireless engineer and assisting in the development of several WiFi standards, I can assure you that RF energy can have adverse effects. However, as stated in this article, WiFi will NOT interfere with the neural impulses of the central nervous system. It is funny that the stated scientist is disclaimed and the watchdog group member’s uneducated opinion is taken as scientific evidence in this article. No long term scientific study today has shown that 2.4ghz or 5ghz exposure has been proven to be unsafe especially to neural impulses. To the contrary, almost all major health care solutions providers are now using wireless connectivity to enhance patient care. Devices such as pulse oximeters, IV infusion pumps, medical telemetry devices, and EKG machines all operate in the 2.4ghz and 5ghz spectrum without negative patient effect. These devices go through rigorous evaluation and trial criteria as required by the FDA before use in a hospital environment. I am a parent of seven (yes that is 7) children. All of these children have been exposed to long term wireless RF radiation and none have shown any adverse health issues except for the occasional getting grounded for improper use of the internet. Think about this folks, you wireless baby monitor operates on the same frequency as WiFi. Seen any major recalls of baby monitors because of RF energy?

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