Concerned parents touting brochures about the dangers of wireless routers found an ally last week in former Microsoft Canada president Frank Clegg. Clegg, who worked at Microsoft for 14 years before leaving to launch Citizens 4 Safe Technology (C4ST), spoke to parents and teachers in Mississauga on May 9 about the dangers of wireless internet in schools.
“There are already children who can’t go to school because of headaches, nausea and heart problems from the wireless systems,” said Clegg in a statement released prior to the event. “Some of these kids have a doctor’s note to prove it. This is a real hazard and we shouldn’t wait for the government to catch up to the technology. We should exercise caution, especially with children.”
Caution? Yes. But the emphasis is misplaced here. As we have discussed with regards to these scare stories about environmental sensitivity, there is nothing there to go on. The symptoms can not be connected to wi-fi or EMFs. I’m surprised he isn’t freaking out about kids using cell phones too. The article does mention this point as well.
The article rightly cites that there is no scientific evidence that people are getting sick from wi-fi: “People may be feeling sick, in other words, but there’s no scientific proof to suggest that EMF is necessarily the cause.” They link to this FAQ (PDF) by Health Canada. I am glad that they have posted this confusing story about someone you would assume would take the science into account. But you can’t always assume rational thinking. People are swayed by emotional stories and worried about kids health.