HEALTH authorities have called for an inquiry into the use of wireless Internet networks in schools because of concerns they could be exposing children to the risk of cancer.
The call from a British health watchdog came after it was revealed that classroom ‘wi-fi’ networks give off three times as much radiation as a typical mobile phone mast.
Guidelines from the Britain’s Health Protection Agency already state that masts should not be sited near schools because of a possible cancer link and other health risks.
Now its chairman, Sir William Stewart, is seeking a review of the health effects of wi-fi networks amid fears they could pose even greater dangers.
Wi-fi works by transmitting information via radio waves from a telephone line to a computer and back.
They have been installed in some of Australia’s leading schools including Melbourne’s Xavier College which has invested in 50 network transmitters across the school.
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