From Ann Wills
Sir, - I can understand the suggestion that churches provide
WiFi on their premises (News, 9 January;
Letters, 16 January). Last year, however, the French Assembly
voted in favour of a law to ban WiFi in all institutions for
children aged under three years old.
This was in order to limit exposure to the microwave and
electro-magnetic emissions generated by wireless technologies, such
as WiFi, mobile phones, and tablets. The French Assembly has
insisted that mobile-phone manufacturers recommend the use of
hands-free kits for every new mobile-phone purchase.
In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer
(IARC), part of the World Health Organization, classified such
equipment as "possibly carcinogenic" (cancer-causing). Children's
skulls are thinner than adults', and some experts are concerned
that microwaves could adversely affect their health. Adults who are
electro-sensitive have reported headaches, memory loss, dizziness,
fatigue, and other symptoms when near to WiFi.
I read that, in 2012, the Russian, German, and Israeli
governments advocated the use of wired networks in schools rather
than wireless technologies. I believe that churches should take
this into consideration when deciding whether to provide WiFi
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