Nieuw Zeeland: fatale hersentumor student gelinkt aan WiFi

zondag, 29 december 2013 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

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The death of a young Horowhenua school student from a brain tumour has prompted one school to consider the safety of wifi in its classrooms.

Te Horo School has sent all parents a survey asking for their position on the use of wifi at the school, after a family raised concerns about the radiation effect it could have on children.

The issue was sparked after the death of their 10-year old son from a brain tumour, and concerns the tumour could be linked to the use of a wifi-connected iPod.

The school'™s Board of Trustees chairman Steve Joss says they're now gathering information from the community to make a decision over what to do with wifi.

''They're concerned with the perceived health risks to children.

''The questionnaire goes out today, replies back by next Monday. We will collate those replies and have a board meeting on the 28th of December.''

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NZ Parents Seek School Wi-Fi Ban After Son's Death .
27 dec. 2013

The parents of a New Zealand child who died from brain tumors are linking his death to Wi-Fi provided by his school and they want it removed to protect other students.
Ethan Wyman was 10 when he died, nearly a year after being diagnosed with two brain tumors, according to The Dominion Post. He had attended the To Horo School in the Kapiti Coast district of New Zealand's North Island, about 35 miles of the capital Wellington.
Ethan's father Damon Wyman told the Post that in addition to his son's exposure to Wi-Fi at school, he received an Internet-connected iPod which his parents discovered he had been keeping under his pillow at night, powered up.
''Even though it was on standby, it was still emitting bursts of radiation as it tried to connect to the router'' in the Wymans' home, the father told the newspaper.
Ethan was diagnosed with his brain tumors last August, about three months after receiving the iPod. Doctors said the tumors were about four months old at the time of his diagnosis, according to Damon Wyman.
The father told The Dominion Post that he suspected there was a connection between his son's illness and the iPod and classroom Wi-Fi.
''We're not saying that caused it, but it seems like a bit of a coincidence. Most people would be very cautious about giving their 5-year-old a cellphone—well, this is 30 kids in a classroom being exposed to the same thing,'' Damon Wyman was quoted as saying.
The current scientific consensus is that there is no proven link between use of devices emitting radio frequency (RF) energy, a kind of electromagnetic radiation, and the development of cancer or other maladies. However, many in the medical community recommend further study of the possible risks of prolonged, regular exposure of human tissue to Wi-Fi signals and other types of RF emissions.
For example, the National Cancer Institute states the following on its landing page for questions about cell phone risks:
Cell phones emit radio frequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held. The amount of radiofrequency energy a cell phone user is exposed to depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone's antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user's distance from cell phone towers. Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly.''
Some parents of students at the To Horo School have ''offered to fund cable Internet as an alternative'' to Wi-Fi at the school, with one telling The Dominion Post, ''To me it's a no- brainer, but as we'd be the first school in New Zealand to remove Wi-Fi, it's a big deal for the board.''
According to the newspaper, the Kapiti Coast district school board is taking parents' concerns ''seriously'' and would make a decision about Wi-Fi in the school this Saturday. New Zealand's Health Ministry, meanwhile, maintains that ''exposure to electromagnetic fields from Wi-Fi equipment in schools does not pose a health risk,'' according to The Dominion Post.

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