Cellphone Ban at Victoria Middle School pushes the wrong buttons
It is a first for the Greater Victoria School District. In a letter to parents, principal Topher Macintosh said despite efforts to control their use, “the detrimental impact of cellphones on our school is clear and overwhelming.” “Many students have tremendous difficulty managing their use of cellphones, and because of this, teachers are finding phones a serious impediment to instruction and learning.” But efforts will be made to satisfy the concerns of parents who oppose the ban, Macintosh said.
Dear Mr. Macintosh,
It takes leadership to challenge what is popular and address the growing problem of cell phone addiction in our schools. It’s clear the constant use of cell phones is interfering with our children’s ability to interact and develop healthy relationships in the real world. This addiction is robbing our children of the opportunity to build life skills that include critical thinking, communication, cooperation, and the ability to focus.
Besides the negative impact this addiction has on learning, parents, teachers and students are unaware of the known health risks from the unregulated exposure to RF radiation emitting from these wireless devices. Your decision to ban the use of Cell Phones during school hours will make a huge impact on the reduction of radiation exposure our children are experiencing in our classrooms.
Soon other schools will follow your lead to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children to learn in.
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Questions over whether wi-fi is safe for our kids
“Most people trust official advice and do not question it but in Scotland the public and our decision-makers have not been accurately informed about the possible harmful effects of wireless signals.“Children have the right to a safe environment and I think this means adapting technology in schools to wired-only connections and restricting mobile devices.”
Canada – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health
- Limit the length of cell phone calls
- Replace cell phone calls with text, use “hands-free” devices
- Encourage children under the age of 18 to limit their cell phone usage.
Database of Worldwide Policies on Cell Phones, Wireless and Health
A list of Worldwide Policies on Cell Phones, Wireless and Health by governments, health authorities and schools worldwide
Wireless communication technologies: New study findings confirm risks of nonionizing radiation
This article documents the latest study findings regarding the endpoints of genotoxicity, fertility, blood-brain barrier, cardiac functions, cognition, and behavior. A verified mechanism of damage is oxidative cell stress. New hypotheses of additional mechanisms of action will also be presented.
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR HARD-WIRING A CLASSROOM and WIRELESS DEVICES to SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION HAZARDS
More and more schools are implementing a 'No cell phone' policy during school hours due to distractions that negatively impact learning. However, much of this problem could be resolved with the removal of WiFi and the return to hard-wired Internet which is faster, cheaper, more reliable and more secure than wireless networks.Unlike WiFi, hard-wired Internet gives teachers more control as to when the Internet is accessed in the classroom and allows oversight to ensure the content is appropriate for learning. Hard wired Internet allows oversight that benefits our children while also significantly reducing their daily exposure to RFR. Peer reviewed science overwhelmingly suggests cumulative Radio Frequency Radiation is a health risk, particularly for developing children. Hard-wired Internet reduces RFR exposure making it the safest, healthiest choice for our children.
Typical Classroom Wiring Cost: US pricing
$250 for five 8-port Gigbabit Switches
$125 for OctoWired Flexible Conduit System
$ 25 for Ethernet cable and connectors
$100 for two hours of labor to install
$500 total per classroom