Canada: Grootste onderwijsvakbond : 'Zet mobieltjes uit tijdens de les'

vrijdag, 30 augustus 2013 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

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23 aug. 2013

De vakbond voor basisschoolleraren van Ontario (ETFO) heeft tijdens een jaarlijkse bijeenkomst besloten dat mobieltjes van leerlingen tijdens de les uitgeschakeld en opgeborgen moeten worden.

De bond wil daarnaast dat straling van mobiele telefoons en wifi wordt erkend als mogelijk gevaar op de werkplek.

“Wij maken ons zorgen om de gezondheid en veiligheid van onze leden, met name vrouwen,” zei lerares Sandra Wash tijdens een presentatie.
De Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie (WHO) concludeerde in 2011 dat mobiel bellen mogelijk kankerverwekkend is, vooral voor kinderen. De WHO plaatst mobiel bellen in dezelfde categorie als DDT en uitlaatgassen.

Schoolbesturen kunnen niet langer zeggen dat wifi veilig is. Zowel mobieltjes als wifi werden door telecombedrijven op de markt gebracht zonder dat er een veiligheidsonderzoek aan vooraf was gegaan.

De ETFO, de grootste onderwijsvakbond in Canada, stemde ook over een voorstel om wifizenders in het plafond van klaslokalen te verbieden. Wifi is schadelijk voor kinderen. Blootstelling aan microgolven afkomstig van wifi kan leiden onvruchtbaarheid, hartritmestoornissen, leerstoornissen, gedragsveranderingen, leukemie en kanker.

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Cell phone radiation fears - Canada's largest teachers union votes to turn cell phones off in the classroom

The largest teachers union in Canada, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), has passed a resolution requiring that cellphones in classrooms be turned off. The message behind the EFTO ruling; it's time to protect school-age children and teachers by turning off cell phones during school time. This is no small move for the 76,000 elementary teachers from Ontario who make up the ETFO.

Echoing the concerns of her coworkers, teacher Sandra Wash, who spoke at the meeting, said, ''There is cause for concern for members' health and safety, especially women.''

WiFi transmitters to be labeled

The ETFO's vote is supported by information from the World Health Organization (WHO), which classifies the microwave radiation emitted from cell phones and WiFi as a Class 2B carcinogen, meaning that it could possibly cause cancer in humans. A second vote demanded that school boards stop hiding WiFi transmitters in the ceiling and label them as part of a hazard control program.

Dangers of radiation

What about the dangers of microwave radiation and school-age children? Everyone who is exposed to the microwave radiation emitted from cell phones and other wireless technologies is at risk; however, children are especially vulnerable due to a thinner skull, a smaller head, highly conductive brain tissue, and exposure at a much earlier age (resulting in exposure for a longer period of time).

A child's undeveloped nervous system and immature physical status means they can absorb more than twice the amount of radiation as an adult. Children affected by microwave radiation may suffer with:

• Nausea
• Vertigo
• Dizziness
• Headaches
• Racing heart
• Memory loss
• Sleep disorders

But this is an incomplete list. Radiation exposures have also been linked to brain tumors, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression and a long list of other serious illnesses.

Adult concerns

In addition to the concern over children and their health, teachers have their own cause for concern. Dr. Joel Moskowitz, PhD, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the School of Public Health, elaborates on this concern.

''There is evidence that cell phone radiation may damage sperm and increase male infertility, increase brain glucose metabolism and alter EEG readings, and may create neurological, memory, and sleep problems for some individuals.''

International concern spreads

Other Canadian organizations are also voicing concerns about the proliferation of this microwave radiation, even the Canadian government. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health listened extensively to experts testify, as well as a call for a ban in schools on devices that emit microwave radiation, namely cell phones and WiFi transmitters.

Across the globe, notably in France, Germany and Israel, concerns are growing, as demonstrated by the regulations, bans and strong recommendations issued by governmental and non-governmental agencies who are seeking to protect people from these radiation dangers.

No doubt, these agencies are motivated by the knowledge that cell phone use beginning at an early age increases the risk of cancerous tumors developing in the brain by as much as five times.

The Safe School Committee, another Canadian organization, while supporting equal access to technology in all schools, puts the concept of safety first. This concept includes, ''The safe way to connect to the internet is with cables.'' And it's working. The majority of schools in Canada use cables to connect to the internet, not WiFi.

Awareness is spreading as more and more research highlights the dangers of cell phones and similar technologies. Exposing our children to the unmonitored use of wireless technologies can no longer be defended.

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About the author:
Lloyd Burrell is the author of a new ebook entitled ''How To Beat Electrical Sensitivity'' which offers a solution to the growing number of people whose health is being compromised by exposure to wireless and similar technologies, see

Since falling prey to a violent reaction to his cell phone in 2002 he has spent the last 10 years researching the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on health. He now offers a complete solution on how to live a healthy life in our increasingly electromagnetic world.

You can download his free EMF Health Report and subscribe to his newsletter by visiting his website .

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