Saturday, November 25, 2006

UK Schools Bans WiFi Due To Health Concerns

(Via Slashdot)

I'm amazed at this, if you RTFA it basically talks about a "prestigious preparatory in Chichester, West Sussex" removing their WiFi network due to parental concern. In particular Vivienne Baron who's 10 year old grandson (Sebastian Baron) attends the school is demanded that the wireless network was removed and replaced with cabled system as the long term health concerns were unknown. I should hope that Vivienne hasn't used a mobile phone near Sebastian (lest he own one), nor god forbid, have a cordless phone system at home or (the horror) ever cooked a microwave meal.

To be fair - a school removed it's wireless network due to one of it's teachers (Michael Bevington) becoming ill:

I felt a steadily widening range of unpleasant effects whenever I was in the classroom,” he said. “First came a thick headache, then pains throughout the body, sudden flushes, pressure behind the eyes, sudden skin pains and burning sensations, along with bouts of nausea. Over the weekend, away from the classroom, I felt completely normal.

My wife is a teacher at a secondary school which doesn't have a wireless network and conversely her and her colleagues also usually feel somewhat more relaxed away from the classroom - they even have wireless networks at home!!

Link to the Times article
Link to the Slashdot posting

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