But for some parents, their concerns haven’t disappeared. Some had health related worries.
Now I’m hearing about parents specifically troubled by the use of Wi-Fi. This isn’t like the Wi-Fi that you probably have at home.
One parent wrote to me:
Wi-fi is ubiquitous in today’s society but schools are using the new generation of Wi-fi. . .
even more problematic from an exposure standpoint and children are more vulnerable to the effects of the RF radiation the devices and the wi-fi emit constantly emit.ny children are experiencing sensitivity to industrial Wi-fi in schools (headaches, dizziness, chest pain/pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, vision and hearing disturbances, dermatological symptoms etc.)
Industrial Wi-Fi is characterized by more sensitive MIMO (multi input/multi output) antennas, the capacity for high RF energy beam forming, higher order modulation, wider bandwidth and throughput capabilities, etc. All of these factors contribute to an industrial , blanket, chronic, and involuntary exposure at school.
That writer represents one of a small group of parents who reached out to an expert in the field, Michael D’Aleo. They asked D’Aleo to come to Southborough to present his knowledge and answer questions on the subject.
The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, September 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Southborough Library:
Wi-Fi in Schools
Why, Why Not!
A discussion of health risks & solutions for the safer use of technology
Presented by Michael D’Aleo
Michael D’Aleo, is an engineer, author, and physics teacher. He lectures nationally and internationally on topics of science, education and environmental issues. Mr. D’Aleo is the co-author of Sensible Physics Teaching and forthcoming title Embracing Materialism and Letting it Go.
He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and has worked in the electronics industry for several years. Mr. D’Aleo is listed as inventor on 17 US and several International patents.
Additionally Michael suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and will demonstrate firsthand how the convenient technology we all love can have a negative impact on health, specifically for children. He will discuss safer ways to use technology in the digital age and prudent suggestions for reducing exposure for children.
The Wi-Fi in question was installed by the schools so they could utilize iPads in school classrooms.
Increasing use of the iPads as learning tools is a priority for the Southborough schools and School Committee. Over the past year, the schools have increased regular iPad use in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. The School Committee hopes to expand 1:1 use to Middle School as the Neary students advance.
And eventually, they want to increase use in earlier grades. In fact, this year iPads replaced the apple computers in 2nd & 3rd grade “Computer” classes.