I have 3 kids aged 5 to 11 and yes, like all their peers, they want the latest gadget as soon as it comes out. Unfortunately, all of these devices carry health consequences due to the microwave RF radiation they emit. The World Health Organization has now classed WiFi radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen.
Switzerland has removed WiFi from it’s elementary schools and SwissCom offers free fiber optic internet to schools (faster, secure data and no WiFi!).
Yet I’m supposed to give my kids WiFi devices to play with to irradiate their brains, developing immune systems and undeveloped reproductive organs?
I don’t think so.
And yet… in case you haven’t noticed, our entire world has embraced these devices and they are now an important part of kids’ playtime and social network. Once they hit grade 6 or 7, they stand around texting, as much – if not more – than they talk to each other.
As a parent, how do you walk the thin line between allowing/enabling them to degrade their health. Yet not cause them to be ostracized by their peers since every other kid is doing that very thing? If all the kids in class were smoking (another recognized carcinogen) would I hand my kids a pack of cigarettes every morning so they could join in and not feel left out? If the school provided GMO lunches every day, would I hand my daughter money so she could have Bt toxin floating around her bloodstream and genetically modified RNA manipulating her gene expression?
And yet… As my husband says, “The more you fight it, the more you’ll drive them towards it. They’re going to do what they want when they’re away from you anyway.”
Yes, and that’s why people fought so hard to get cigarettes recognized as a public health hazard and restrict advertising and sales to children. And it took 40 years. Because with all of these types of things, you have huge corporate profits at stake; industry does not want to lose sales and governments do not want to lose payola.
So what do we do in the meantime?
As long as your child is compliant, here’s how you can give them these fun, exciting gadgets like an iPod Touch or an iPad, yet make it safer for them:
1. Disable ALL the WiFi components on the device (iPad, iPhone, iPod). It is not just the WiFi network that uses microwave radiation, the Bluetooth, Location Services, GPS and Cellular all do too. You can turn each of these off individually by going to SETTINGS or Apple gives instructions for how to disable these all at once, with one click, using their Airplane Mode:
When you enable airplane mode from the Settings screen, an airplane icon appears in the status bar at the top of the screen and the following wireless connections and services are turned off:
Cellular (voice and data)
Likewise, if you have a Kindle, you can turn off the WiFi component and download books via the USB cable provided.
2. If you know your child is going to be using the iPod or cellphone WiFi network as soon as they’re with their friends, then educate them on HOW to use the device to at least minimize the health risks:
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