Resist the "Reasonable-Sounding", but Ineffective and/or Infeasible Partial-Measures
The full-measure of powering off the WAPS and using only hardwired internet is, by far, the best solution: it is proven, low cost, feasible technology that is more than 65% FASTER than wireless (1000 Mbps vs 600 Mbps), is much more secure and is the only verifiably-safe, always-on internet access option.
Some people, who lack a full understanding of the true nature of Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields Microwave Radiation (RF/EMF-MW radiation) and its most relevant property (duration of exposure, not intensity is the most important factor), may propose some pretty wrong-headed partial-measures — with the hope of achieving some kind of full-measure at some ill-defined, distant time in the future. Such partial-measures are wolves in sheep's clothing and should be avoided, as one can learn below and at the National Association for Children and Safe Technology which launched a comprehensive Turn if Off For Kids program: a program endorsed by many prominent scientists. A few such proposed partial-measures are listed below, with reasons why they are ineffective and/or infeasible. We want to eliminate the sources of wireless RF/EMF-MW radiation in classrooms, not enhance or fine-tune these sources.
- Partial-Measure: Reduce Power Level — Many consumers and industrial Wi-Fi units are made to operate at maximum power 24 hours a day and send a signal well beyond the area that is intended for service and well above the level that is required for adequate service. Most Wi-Fi units have power settings that can be adjusted down to limit the power and range of operation. Also, the 5Ghz Wi-Fi band has higher power and higher health impact (as reported by electrosensitive adults). Turning off the 5 Ghz band will reduce exposure.
- Reasons To Resist: Reducing power level of wireless signals has not been assessed in any scientific way to provide any benefit to children in classrooms and may even create worse conditions for students in the classrooms, depending on the exact power levels of antennas and locations of students: View Electromagnetic Fields and Leakage of the Blood Brain Barrier by Dr. Leif Salford. It is not as simple as higher power is worse and lower power is better: there are specific power levels of RF/EMF microwave radiation that is the most effective at opening the blood-brain barrier, exponentially so. Any attempts to find the 'acceptable power level' or the 'most acceptable modulation' of wireless signals sounds like the well-known cigarette company strategies of doing research to isolate 'which' of the thousands of toxic substances in cigarette smoke are the worst, so the companies can eliminate those and still sell cigarettes. Resist this entire class of strategies and just power off the WAPs.
- Partial-Measure: Use Eco Wi-Fi — This Eco Wi-Fi unit is designed to automatically switch off its transmitter in standby mode when it is not in use. It can reduce the constant beaconing pulses from 10 times a second to once a second.
- Reasons To Resist: Eco Wi-Fi is not a good solution. No partial-measure is. Wired internet access is a good solution during the school day from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. School employees then have the freedom to turn on/use their Wi-Fi during hours when students are not on campus. Eco Wi-Fi has obvious problems and is an inappropriate solution for schools. Eco Wi-Fi merely reduces the duty cycle for the WAP's beacon signals, but it does not reduce the RF/EMF-MW radiation exposures when devices are connected to the WAP and downloading digital text, audio, images or video. The antennas closest to users are their device's antennas; this encourages users to continue to power on their devices' antennas — which is exactly what we do not want. We want wired internet access and device antennas off. Finally, the so-called 'Eco-Wifi' is a misnomer just as is the Electric Utilities' so-called 'Smart-Meter'. Wi-fi is not eco-friendly to human, animal or plant biology until it is turned off — just as so called 'Smart-Meters' that burst RF/EMF-MW radation from 10,000 to 200,000 times per day in order to make six data transmission per day are as dumb as it gets.
- Partial-Measure: Router in Each Classroom with remote switch — The teacher could use a manual or remote switch to turn the Wi-Fi units power on when needed and off when not. A remote light timer can automatically go off in 2 hours if the teacher forgets to turn it off. An additional manual switch in the classroom can also be used. Some WAPS take up to 2 minutes to power up. Some Wi-Fi units (like the Eco Wi-Fi) and the Netgear N750 have buttons on the units to turn on and off the Wi-Fi signal without turning the power on and off for the entire unit.
- Reasons To Resist: This partial-measure is not feasible for many reasons. First, the remote control for the switch is itself wireless and works up to 80' away. Second, school districts want central control of their schools' networks, Therefore, the school wants always-on networks, so they can schedule maintenance, device management and updates at the most convenient times. Third, most schools are configured similar to this: 10 WAPS to serve 30 classrooms; a teacher cannot just turn off one WAP without affecting the other classrooms. Clearly, the best option for an always-on network is a 100% Ethernet wired network. No partial-measure should encourage the purchase and use of more WAPs in schools. Schools can solve bandwidth problems more effectively by replacing $750 WAPs (max of 600 Mbps) with $30 Gigabit wired switches (max of 1000 Mbps).
Dismiss any Mumbo-Jumbo, "Best Practices" or Partial-Measures that Propose Keeping Wireless on, While Children are Present; We Need to Protect Our Minor Children.
Wi-Fi in public buildings, including schools, is extremely analogous to the forced-exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke that we all endured for far too long. Do you remember "non-smoking" sections in restaurants and airplanes? These partial-measures were wholly ineffective at protecting adults and minors from toxic cigarette smoke exposures, essentially forcing our children to "re-smoke" what had already been smoked by inconsiderate smokers nearby. This is why we now have an answer: SMOKE-FREE restaurants, planes and public buildings. Thank God . . . actually, we should thank non-smoking activists that pushed for these obvious, common-sense changes which benefit all of us today.
Our children are now enduring a very similar forced-exposure in public buildings, including schools: forced-exposure to Wi-Fi and other sources of RF/EMF-MW radiation. We are very clear in CA that we don't let our minor children smoke cigarettes — for solid health reasons. Yet, our school districts are essentially telling families that "five-year-old Bobby must smoke the equivalent of three packs of cigarettes a day in order to attend our schools, because we force each of our students and staff members to smoke the equivalent of three packs of cigarettes a day as a condition for attending or working at our schools." The "reasonable-sounding" partial-measures, such as those listed above, that attempt to "manage" Wi-Fi exposures are just as ineffective as non-smoking sections were. The answer is the same: we need WIRELESS-FREE schools, restaurants, planes and public buildings. That is the only truly effective solution to this forced-exposure.
- Partial-Measures encourage, endorse, and promote the idea that microwave transmitters belong in schools. They do not.
- Partial-Measures are dishonest; the best practice, by far, is to have no wireless radiation in classrooms.
- Partial-Measures misguide the public and educational leaders into believing wireless technology belongs in classrooms -- when faster, more secure and safer proven technology already exists in the schools: hardwired Internet access via Ethernet cables.
- Partial-Measures imply that wireless devices can be used safely despite the fact that there are no safe levels. Thousands of scientific studies support this. Partial-Measures reinforce implied safety, where none exists.
- Partial-Measures embrace the idea that Wireless Access Points, iPads, Chromebooks and laptops are not a hazard to children, despite the knowledge that these devices emit dangerously high levels of RF/EMW-MW radiation when used with antennas powered on and transmitting digital text, images, audio and, the granddaddy of them all — HD Video.
- Partial-Measures ignore the cumulative effects of RF/EMW-MW radiation on children. Allowing and promoting the continued use of wireless in schools creates hazards for all, including students, staff and volunteers who are chronically ill, immune-compromised, behaviorally-disadvantaged or pregnant.
- Partial-Measures confuse the issues at stake by misdirecting focus and falsely misleading the public and educational leaders into thinking that Partial-Measures are an acceptable compromise -- which they are not. Accepting anything less than a radiation-free school environment when students are present on campus is ineffective.
- Partial-Measures contradict the EMF Scientists' Appeal, which has termed our exposure to wireless radiation “an emerging public health crisis”, damaging DNA, and leading to premature death. How can Partial-Measures allow RF/EMW-MW radiation exposure when it is a “an emerging public health crisis?”
- Partial-Measures ignore that there is not a single wireless device sold in the US that has been safety tested for the unique biology of children and, yet, we see widespread use in classrooms, despite the knowledge that RF/EMW-MW radiation can cause immediate and latent toxic hazards, chronic diseases, adverse health effects and cancers.
- Partial-Measures undermine parents' efforts to bring their schools in compliance with California State Education Code Sections 32060-32066, which requires schools to remove sources of toxic emissions and carcinogens from the classrooms.