While the primary purpose of this site is to focus on the teaching & learning implications of a school without WiFi, it is impossible to speak about this issue without talking about the health and science behind the claims.
My overarching belief is that we have established systems in place to protect our health, and those should be the institutions we turn to when making health related decisions. Organizations like Health Canada and, regionally, the BC Ministry of Health and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) have all stated publicly that WiFi is not a health risk. These are the bodies who are tasked with protecting the health of the public and the organizations who should be deciding if the health claims made by the anti WiFi advocates are valid, not local school boards. And the fact of the matter is that no public health body in our region believes that WiFi is a health risk.
- Refuting the health risks is a list of quotes and links from reputable and trusted health related websites such as Health Canada that show that WiFi does not pose a health risk to our children.
- The Group 2B Possible Carcinogen page is a list of resources and links to show what that classification means, how it came about and what it might have to do with WiFi.
- The BioInitiative Report is a report often used by anti WiFi advocates as the basis of their argument. This page has links to organizations that question the validity of this report.
- The Precautionary Principle looks at the principle and how it is being selectively applied when it comes to the health of our children.
- Wired vs Wireless argues that wired is not a suitable alternative and represents a pedagogical step backwards in teaching & learning.