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Wifi in Schools – Known risk, perilous outcomes, irrefutable liability

Join the Refuse to Use movement to create sustainable futures for all children now!


In 2011, the World Health Organization categorized wireless (wifi) radiation emitted from cell phones, laptops, tablets, mobile phone bases, baby monitors, and routers, as a Class 2B, or possible, carcinogen. This classification was based on adult data, and did not take into account that children are more susceptible to radiation effects, considering they have thinner skulls, more aqueous body/brain, and faster cell turnover. In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics requested the Federal Communications Commission consider reclassifying wifi radiation as a Class 2A, or probable, carcinogen (see attached letter), in consideration of the rapid rise in use of cells phones and tablets by young children.

Wifi radiation has two known and heavily researched effects on humans 1) opens calcium gated channels in cells 2) emits heat. To date, there is significant research evidence showing increased incidence of oligocarinoma (brain cancer) and acoustic neuroma (inner ear cancer) in adults with 20 year cell phone use, and DNA fragmentation and decreased sperm motility in adult males with 20 year lap top use (reference research below).

A recent symposium by researchers for physicians in Toronto, reported in numerous studies, harmful effects of wifi radiation from cell phones, laptops, tablets etc. on human health. This symposium was sponsored by the Environmental Health Women’s Hospital.

Recent film Mobilize (trailer below) also documents research evidence showing harmful effects of wifi radiation on humans.

February 3, 2015 press release “Researchers Conclude Wireless Radiation Causes Cancer After Latest Scientific Findings Announced” by the National Association for Children and Safe Technology are calling for a “Turn it off 4 kids” initiative requesting all children’s health and cancer prevention organizations make the issue of children’s health and exposure to wireless radiation in educational settings an immediate priority for 2015.

Above initiatives by the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association for Children and Safe Technology, in light of accumulated research data, indicate that radiofrequency radiation emitted from wireless devices (cell phones, tablets, routers etc) poses known and unknown (long term) harm to children, and should be removed from schools immediately. While This issue is under active consideration by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Council of Family Physicians of Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (Dr. Hugh Scully, BA, MD, MSc, FRCS[C], FACS), it took Health Canada ten years to implement mandatory use of lead shields during x-rays with pregnant women, following research showing x-rays caused cancer. How long can children afford to wait, when sustainability is now in question?
Schools are tasked with ensuring that policies and procedures implemented on a wide scale are safe for children, such as the installation of wifi and use of devices that emit radiofrequency radiation. School teachers, principals, and school boards will be held liable for submitting children to known safety risks. Wireless radiation has proven to NOT be safe for adults, with children being exceedingly more vulnerable to radiation effects. A whole generation of children are being forced to submit themselves to what could be termed the most dangerous experiment known to humankind, radiofrequency radiation.

The time to act is now. Join the Refuse to Use movement to create sustainable futures for all children. The following measures should be taken immediately to create safe schools, daycares, preschools, and facilities where children frequent e.g. libraries, recreation centers, etc.

  1. Remove all wireless devices from schools, including routers, wireless laptops, cell phones, and tablets.
  2. Prohibit the use of personal handheld devices in schools by children.
  3. Restrict the use of teacher’s handheld devices to staff room, or > 20’ from children.


Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, speaker and author of “Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children”.

Cris can be reached at or 1-888-8zonein.

Additional information can be found on website, blog, book, and Fact Sheet Info section.




Cris Rowen

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT

Cris Rowan is a biologist, pediatric occupational therapist and sensory specialist with expertise in the impact of technology on child development, behaviour and learning. Having worked in school settings for over 3 decades, Cris is committed to improving student health while also easing the job of learning for children. Cris is a well-known international speaker and author to teachers, parents and therapists globally on topics of sensory integration, learning, attention, fine motor skills and the impact of media content including video games, social media and pornography on children’s brain and body development. Cris has a BSc’s both in Occupational Therapy and in Biology, is a SIPT certified sensory specialist, and has Approved Provider Status for CEU provision with the American Occupational Therapy Association. Over the past 3 decades, Cris has provided over 350 keynotes and workshops, writes monthly articles for her blog Moving to Learn, publishes the monthly Child Development Series Newsletter, and is designer and creator of Reconnect Webinars which offer research evidenced information for teens, parents, teachers and clinicians to manage balanced between screens and healthy activities. Cris is member of the Screens in Schools committee with Fairplay for Kids, member of the Institute for Digital Media and Child Development and sits on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Brain and Heart Health. Cris has two adult children, Matt and Katie who grew up without screens.

Cris can be reached at Reconnect Webinars offers a free, 5.5-hour CCAP accredited Screenbuster Program training webinar for teens which qualifies them to perform Tech Talks for their peers. The Screenbuster Program requires one counsellor, teacher or principal to complete the 3-day Balanced Technology Management certification CEU provided course in order to adequately supervise the teens.

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