Statement to Parents:
Society, along with a group
of concerned parents,
are dismayed to see that the document issued by Solihull Council regarding their policy on Wifi
in borough schools, appears to be biased in favour of Wifi and is without the necessary caveats that we
would have thought desirable.We invite parents to judge for themselves, and in the light of
all the information available to them on our links page, to come to
their own conclusions. A detailed analysis of our view will appear here
Wireless LAN (WiFi) Technology in
Concerns are raised, periodically, about the safety of wireless
network technology (WiFi) in schools. Solihull Council believes, based on scientific evidence from key
organisations, that there is no basis to these concerns. Solihull Council keeps the issue under review as it does
with all health and safety issues.
Solihull Council is convinced that there are clear educational
benefits to children and young people having access to a range of technologies, particularly those that are widely
available and widely used. This includes wireless technology which is becoming ubiquitous — available in both homes
and elsewhere. We believe access to technology is essential in our delivery of Every
Child Matters — particularly to ensure that children can enjoy and achieve.
Solihull Council recognises the benefits of WiFi technology in
education to complement conventional, wired, networks. We do not believe that WiFi technology is sufficiently
advanced to allow the complete replacement of conventional networks.
WiFi technology allows computing to be used wherever it is needed —
technology from the constraints of the classroom. It can allow for
and work in non-classroom spaces, such as libraries, canteens,
sports halls and playgrounds.
Solihull Council recognises that there are sometimes concerns raised about the
safety of WiFi technology.
Solihull Council takes the safety of all of our citizens seriously —
particularly children and young people. We take our responsibility to make sure that children
are healthy and stay safe. This is also part of Every Child
Solihull Council pays heed to advice issued by key
Protection Agency has taken the
step of issuing a statement addressing safety issues around WiFi technology. The statement is
The statement ends contains the following:
World Health Organisation has also issued a fact sheet (No. 304)
that addresses the safety
issue of wireless LAN technology. It ends:
the very low exposure levels and research results collected
to date, there
is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF
base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health
government agency leading the use of technology of technology in schools) has also
issued a statement. This concludes:
“Based on this
guidance, and expert safety advice, Becta believes that
there is no
need to change its current guidance: while secure wireless
complement an institution's wired network, they should not
statement is available from the Becta website at www.becta.org.uk
You can find it by
searching on “wireless” and “safety”.
Council is following the debate around WiFi safety carefully. We
further research into the issue. We review our advice to schools, that WiFi is
both beneficial and safe, regularly.