National Association for Children and Safe Technology

NACST Turn It Off 4 Kids Initiative 2015

Press Release 03 February 2015 – The National Association for Children and Safe Technology has launched a letter writing campaign entitled, Turn It Off 4 Kids.  We are reaching out to various organizations whose mission centers on children’s health and well being.   We are asking these organizations to make the issue of children’s health and exposure to wireless radiation  in educational settings an immediate priority for 2015.
Wireless technology networks in schools and other educational settings pose a unique and serious threat to children’s health.  Classrooms typically have industrial strength routers and 30+ handheld devices or laptops which all emit radiation.  This situation is becoming increasingly commonplace, as there has been a national movement to digitalize learning in our schools.  Much to our dismay, this represents an unprecedented health risk to children across the nation who are now being exposed 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for their entire school careers.
Children are more vulnerable than adults.  They are still developing and the impacts of chronic exposure to radiation are more profound.  Research has shown children absorb up to ten times more radiation than adults.   As well, there are no medical organizations stating wireless radiation is safe for the reason that safe limits for children have never been established.
1.  Call for all new school technology to be hardwired.
2.  Call to replace existing wireless technology systems with hardwired systems.
3.  Call for the implementation of primary prevention efforts such as educating the public about simple steps to reduce exposure, especially in regards to children and pregnant women.
4. Educate their organization’s members and audience on this issue by emails, informational web pages, updated materials, and all other means possible.
Please visit our Organizations & Updates page for a complete list of the organizations we are contacting and their responses.
Read NACST’s Turn It Off 4 Kids Letter to Organizations.
We would like to express our gratitude to the scientists, doctors and wireless safety advocates who have endorsed NACST’s Turn It Off 4 Kids Initiative.  For complete details, please visit our Endorsement Page.
“To not act today would be deemed ethically and morally completely corrupt in the future, and this is particularly important when it comes to our children’s environment.”  ~ Olle Johannson, PhD
“This is an extremely important initiative.  The wireless technology is implemented worldwide in spite of the fact that radiofrequency (RF-EMF) exposure has in May 2011 been evaluated by IARC at WHO to be a ‘possible’ human carcinogen, Group 2B.  Also other acute and long-term health effects are of concern.  The wireless technology should be replaced by hardwired systems.”   – Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD
“In the current situation of scientific uncertainty, it is wise to limit exposures to radiation emitted by the wireless communication devices.  Especially the exposures of children should be limited because of the long duration of their exposure and because of the lack of knowledge of whether the exposures affect their development.”   
– Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc
“There is simply no reason to forcibly subject children in classrooms to WiFi when safer, wired alternatives are readily available.  ~ Victoria Dunckley, MD
 Related Links
NACST Turn It Off 4 KidsPress Release
NACST Turn It Off 4 KidsLetter to Organizations
NACST Turn It Off 4 KidsOrganizations & Updates
NACST Turn It Off 4 KidsEndorsements

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