WiFi and DECT

Daily Mail, 28 January 2015

Taiwan has banned children under the age of two from using electronic devices such as iPads, televisions and smartphones.

Parents who allow their young children to play with their gadgets face fines of up to £1,000, in line with a law passed last week.

The new law also states that parents must ensure that under-18s only use electronic products for a 'reasonable' length of time.

Taiwanese lawmakers passed the new legislation last Friday, completely banning parents from allowing their under-twos to use any electronic devices, China's official news agency Xinhua reports.

Meanwhile Taiwanese under-18s are not allowed to 'constantly use electronic products for a period of time that is not reasonable', although the 'reasonable length of time' has not been defined.

The new law means that iPads, smartphones and televisions are now listed alongside cigarettes and alcohol as restricted.

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Papers listed are only those where exposures were 16V/m or below. Someone using a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet computer can be exposed to electromagnetic fields up to 16V/m. Papers are in alphabetical order. A file of first pages, for printing, can be found here (please pass on to schools).

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News Limited Network, Australia, 29 September 2013

A CSIRO scientist has won compensation for crippling headaches, nausea and dizziness caused by using Wi-Fi and computers at work.

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Sun News, 20 March 2013

VANCOUVER ­- The BC Teachers' Federation could start considering exceptions for educators who don't want to be around Wi-Fi Internet systems in schools.

Concerns would likely be handled on a case-by-case basis after a resolution was passed at the union's annual general meeting Monday, recognizing there's a "possible cancer risk" from the networks.

"There are a number of practicable, safer alternatives to the current always-on routers used in schools," said the submission from Nicola Valley Teachers' Union.

The union will now adopt the World Health Organization's stance on the effects of "radio frequency" and "electromagnetic" fields as a possible carcinogen, with the intention to "take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure."

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Le Parisien, 19 March 2013 (translation by author of blog)

It is the first time that the precautionary principle will be applied in France to children. Failing to succeed with adoption of their draft legislation on electromagnetic waves in January, the ecologist deputies have obtained approval of draft school reform legislation for precautionary measures in schools. 

Voted Tuesday at the National Assembly, an amendment of the law stipulates that the public service establishment of the digital educational program foreseen by the text favors “wired” connections, that is, Ethernet, rather than Wi-Fi. 

The amendment defended by the Green Party was intended to « push the State and local authorities to protect children, notably the youngest, from the influence of waves”, in the name of the “precautionary principle”. Since 1995, the Barnier Law suggests that “in the absence of certainty, taking into account current scientific and technical knowledge, the adoption of effective and corresponding measures aimed at preventing risk of serious and irreversible harm to the environment at an acceptable economic cost must not be delayed”.

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