Keep Our Children’s School Technology Safe: Apply the Precautionary Principle

Keep Our Children’s School Technology Safe, It’s Time To Apply the Precautionary Principle-by a loving, concerned Fullerton mother.

There are two sides of the argument of whether or not WiFi belongs in our children’s classrooms.  Let’s remember that it is not a question of whether or not technology will be part of the student’s education, but whether it is wired or wireless (WiFi).  Wired technology is a more secure and reliable connection with virtually no safety issues.  WiFi communication is achieved with microwave electromagnetic frequency emissions that result in our children being exposed to wireless radiation in the classroom.

Those who are pushing for wireless technology stand with studies funded by the tech industry, and tech industry’s literature that attest to its safety.  This side says there are no long-term studies that say wireless radiation is harmful. They also point to FCC guidelines as the reason to claim that it is safe.

Let’s look at the FCC guidelines.  These criteria were last updated 17 years ago, in 1996.  If we think back to that time, technology was very different from today.  The use and amount of devices has grown and proliferated.  Equally significant, the guidelines ignore non-thermal biological effects, which is the safety concern with wireless radiation. Given this, it could easily be said that the FCC guidelines are antiquated and, consequently, potentially dangerous.

Those who do not want wireless radiation in their children’s classroom can point to:

More than 5000 studies:

Letters from MDs, researchers and scientists imploring the Los Angeles Unified School District school board to opt for wired technologies:

Numerous websites (I’m still coming upon more):

WiFi In Schools  US

WiFi In Schools UK

WiFi In Schools  Austrailia

Citizens 4 Safe Technology

Center For Safer Wireless

Safe School

Prove It

Countless videos (this is not all):

Dr.  Magda Havas:  WiFi In Schools is Safe.  True or False?

WiFi In Schools:  Testing for Microwave Radiation Dangers In the Classroom:

There is not much we can do about antiquated FCC guidelines, and there is not much we can do about the lack of funding, which has prevented the needed long-term studies.  We can recognize there are two sides to the issue, and that we must, above all else, provide for the safety of our children.  The safety of our school technology must come first, over its method of delivery:  wired or wireless.

Recognizing the disparity of  these two viewpoints, it is imperative that we act in the best interests of the children.  To do so, we acknowledge the two sides and use the precautionary principle.  As Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, University of California, Berkeley, in a letter dated February 8, 2013, to Los Angeles USD:

“The precautionary principle should be applied to this critical policy decision.  This principle, developed at a U.N. environmental conference in 1992 states that in the absence of scientific consensus if an action has a suspected risk of causing harm, the burden of proof it is not harmful falls on those taking the action, and all reasonable measures to reduce the risk must be taken.”

There is an “absence of scientific consensus”; there is “a suspected risk of causing harm”; the “burden of proof” rests with the side pushing wireless radiation into the classroom.  That side has not met the burden of proof that it cannot harm our children.  The “reasonable” measure is right in front of us and it will not harm our children, it is wired technology.

Let’s not risk the health of our children, let’s do the right and precautionary thing and keep safety first with our school technology.  Let’s apply the precautionary principle and use only wired technology in our schools.  The F.S.D. has a world class opportunity to do what we believe is the right thing.

  1. #1 by Veritas on July 28, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    What do you say, Dr. Pletka? For our children’s health and safety, let’s apply this precautionary principle.

    • #2 by amateur night on July 28, 2013 - 7:02 pm

      Pletka and Craven get their orders from Torlakson, Obama and the Feds, the grease from the FCC, and the dough from the foundation over at Acacia.

      You think that they are going to listen to some 2 bit padres and this story that just so happens to be wrapping itself around the globe with these cats as the main attraction. No way man, power never concedes. But holy cow man, when this thing all pans out and the genie gets out of the bottle, what are they gonna tell their kids?

      Really Bob, it is totally for safe for the kids huh? What is this romper room? Oh it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood, as long as you aren’t locked in the lab. Listen, this thing is a no brainer. It ain’t worth the risk.

    • #3 by amateur night on July 28, 2013 - 7:23 pm

      The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  2. #5 by Joe Imbriano on July 28, 2013 - 9:19 pm

    I want to personally thank you for putting this out there for the parents in such an informative and yet easy to understand summation of this very crucial issue. There is so much on the line. Eyes are opening and minds are unlocking. The only thing in the way is the pride of these administrators and their faithful followers. It is never too late to do the right thing ladies and gentlemen.

  3. #6 by R.D. on July 29, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    If they were held responsible for damage done to children using the technology, they would drop it fast. They should be liable for what they do, even after warned of the dangers!

    • #7 by Jamie on July 29, 2013 - 9:04 pm

      I so agree with you. For most, the harm to our children probably won’t be realized except in the long term. Maybe it will be expressed in our children’s inability to have children of their own. This is all for the sake of using wireless technology at the insistence of FSD, which has refused to look at the stated harms.
      How does that make everyone feel?

  4. #11 by Anonymous on July 29, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    As a parent, not in Fullerton, but nonetheless a parent, I see the push for everything to go wireless. Not that it concerned me before, but backdropped against this perspective is deeply disturbing to say the least. My daughter’s private school in Yorba Linda went with the Ipads last year. My wife and I bought one for each of our children, much like everyone else that I know.

    The possibility that all this is harming them seemed like an impossibility until I dug a little deeper here. I am at a loss for words, and needless to say, extremely disturbed with many unanswered questions that my wife and I still have. Thank you for the platform that you and others have provided the public with here. There are a lot of people who are going to want some answers and I will direct them to this site.

    • #12 by amateur night on July 29, 2013 - 9:11 pm

      Look, they got you, your kids, principal, council, school board, and everyone else that is someone hook line and sinker. They have managed to slip this wireless crap into everyone’s house, blouse, and bedroom. What’s it gonna take man?

      • #13 by Joe Imbriano on July 29, 2013 - 11:07 pm

        Maybe so but we can still spit the hook.

        • #14 by Jamie on July 30, 2013 - 6:53 am

          Yes, these are our children and we parents are here to protect them, let’s “spit the hook.”

    • #15 by In CA on July 31, 2013 - 10:30 am

      My child goes to a private school, too, and the school is just starting a 1 to 1 technology program. I am having some success in getting the information out to the parents. I just made my contact information available to the site admin, Joe Imbriano. If you would like some information from another private school parent, I would be happy to let you know of my experience.

  5. #16 by R.D. on August 2, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    • #17 by Joe Imbriano on August 2, 2013 - 6:14 pm

      2014- will be 1 in 5 if we don’t
      and if we don’t try to

    • #18 by Joe Imbriano on August 2, 2013 - 6:33 pm

      There is no excuse for the Autism epidemic to continue in light of the following:

      So now I believe our children en masse are facing microwave EMF emission induced infertility, mental illness, and a myriad of other bizarre ailments that the allopathic petrochemical poison pushers will come up with some new drugs to treat the microwave EMF radiation damaged generation. I believe that the school district administrators are forcing the exposure of these children and their families to unprecedented microwave radiation levels in the classrooms and at home to do their homework on these wireless tablets. I believe that the school district administrators are also forcing the children to be exposed to dangerous chemicals not limited to adjuvants, metals and foreign, trans species, modified genetic materials through their direct involvement in their color of law vaccine mandates which they so cleverly word as a “requirement”. By design, the immunization exemptions are NEVER mentioned in any correspondence mailed to parents or sent home with the children. In addition, they are intentionally nowhere to be found in the enrollment packets and never mentioned on the school district websites. They are at your fingertips on ours:

      They do all that for how much a year? May God help us.

  6. #19 by science on August 4, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Samuel Milham MD, MPH
    Medical epidemiologist in occupational epidemiology.

    First scientist to report increased leukemia and other cancers in electrical workers and to demonstrate that the childhood age peak in leukemia emerged in conjunction with the spread of residential electrification.

    “Very recently, new research is suggesting that nearly all the human plagues which emerged in the twentieth century, like common acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children, female breast cancer, malignant melanoma and asthma, can be tied to some facet of our use of electricity. There is an urgent need for governments and individuals to take steps to minimize community and personal EMF exposures.

  7. #20 by anonymous on August 4, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    Our school superintendent’s response to the concern over our children’s health when exposed to wireless radiation in the classroom:

    “there is no absolute proof” on either side of the issue

    Well, when there is no “absolute proof”, I guess our superintendent makes the decision for the parents to risk their children’s health.

    • #21 by mom1 on August 4, 2013 - 10:00 pm

      That shows just how arrogant and egotistical these school administrators are. They are behaving as if they have the right to make these health and safety decisions for the kids. This is just so unethical, immoral, and I don’t know what else.

      Janny, Bev, Bob, Chris, Lynn & Hilda,

      Do you have a heart? How can you stand by silent on all of this information? Don’t you worry, isn’t there one drop of doubt that what you are doing might harm these children? Are you human? Do you have any children of your own? Would you want their school boards turning away from information that might compromise your children’s health?

      Please, use the Precautionary Principle.

  8. #22 by Veritas on August 5, 2013 - 11:12 am

    “It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social change is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the silence of the so-called good people.”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

  9. #23 by Catholic Teacher's Union on August 8, 2013 - 9:03 am

    This is an article from the Catholic Teacher’s Union (representing 45,000 teachers) in Ontario, Canada:

    • #24 by acacia parent on August 9, 2013 - 2:09 pm

      Mr. Imbriano, is the Fullerton School District going ahead with all of the grade levels going 1:1? What was their response to all of the information presented thus far?

      I don’t understand how there could be such a disparity between the experts and their findings. It is deeply concerning. Something is truly amiss.

  10. #27 by Anonymous on August 10, 2013 - 10:01 am

    WiFi is coming everywhere, there is no escape.

  11. #28 by Anonymous on August 10, 2013 - 11:07 am

    I have never thought of this even being a concern. My children have had these tablets for the last two years. It has always been touted as safe, no one ever questions this and I have never batted an eyebrow over this topic before.

    What specific health concerns are there in association with exposure to these networks and devices?

  12. #30 by Anonymous on August 13, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    How can parents ignore this information? They must not be aware of this. You could get lost in all of these links in no time. The amount of information on this topic is overwhelming.

    • #31 by Joe Imbriano on August 13, 2013 - 10:22 pm

      I guess that is what happened to the Board of Trustees, Pletka and Craven. Maybe we should send a search party in to go find them.

  13. #32 by Anonymous on August 15, 2013 - 7:13 am

    My kids go to Troy. I am not aware of this being an issue there. Am I missing something?

    • #33 by in the know on August 15, 2013 - 8:20 am

      As I understood FJUHSD superintendent, Dr. Geokaris, the plans were to install WiFi routers at Troy and the district offices over the summer. This was learned during a meeting with Dr. Geokaris in Spring, 2013.
      Dr. Geokaris, as well as the school board and principals, were made aware of the wireless radiation issue by Mr. Imbriano at the school board meetings.

  14. #34 by Veritas on August 15, 2013 - 9:21 am

    “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.”

    • #35 by Joe Imbriano on August 15, 2013 - 9:50 am

      George Bernard Shaw “ The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

      The Fullerton Observer calls me an “instigator”- Sharon-thank you. Many others call me a lot worse. Your children will someday thank me.

  15. #36 by JBeck on August 18, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    The Precautionary Principle is the international guideline for governments to deal with potential health crisis when consensus in science is not yet available. According to “The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – 2005 World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology”:

    When human activities may lead to morally unacceptable harm that is scientifically plausible but uncertain, actions shall be taken to avoid or diminish that harm.

    Morally unacceptable harm refers to harm to humans or the environment that is
    – threatening to human life or health, or
    – serious and effectively irreversible, or
    – inequitable to present or future generations, or
    – imposed without adequate consideration of the human rights of those affected.
    Actions are interventions that are undertaken before harm occurs that seek to avoid or diminish the harm.


  16. #37 by "inexcusable" on August 27, 2013 - 7:12 am

    “Putting WiFi Inside school buildings is inexcusable”

    Alasdair Phillips

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