My letter today implores parents to be diligent regarding exposure of their children to EMF (electromagnetic fields).

My letter today implores parents to be diligent regarding exposure of their children to EMF (electromagnetic fields). Convenience of wireless toys should not outweigh a child’s safety and should begin during the mother’s pregnancy.

Pregnant women in the work force exposed to EMF return home to their own world of radiation. EMF is linked to fetus cell damage, birth defects, miscarriage and premature birth. (We should not forget that thalidomide was also once thought to be safe and was given to a pregnant woman for morning sickness.) The new baby is then exposed to radiation from the wireless monitor placed beside its crib.

The school-age child then enters the WiFi classroom; each child is equipped with an iPad, and many will also have a cell phone that is turned on. The “suggested” safe distance for cell phones is 40 feet. Radiation from each phone and iPad layers with a cumulative affect. Children are vulnerable because of their developing immune and neurological systems. Radiation from wireless devices has been connected to ADD, autism, migraines, cognitive problems, cancer and more. The World Health Organization classified exposure to cell phone radiation as a “possible carcinogen” in the 2B category — the same as the pesticide DDT.

Law prevents an adult from smoking in a vehicle in which a child is present. How ironic that an adult can provide the child with a cell phone or iPad and have WiFi in his/her home 24/7 for other wireless conveniences. The conclusion? It is dangerous for a child to breathe cigarette smoke, but not to expose the child to radiation.

Sadly, most parents, community leaders, and governments will not stand up to the telecommunications industry with regard to health and safety concerns. Consumer convenience outweighs interest in attaining knowledge relating to EMF dangers. A wireless world is not an innovative step forward, but the decimation of future generations. If our children cannot learn, if they become sick, if they become sterile and if they die… will the world then respond?

Faye Carmody

Qualicum Beach