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Is WiFi Dangerous for Kids?

I knew that overheating laptops can cause infertility in men (no worries boys, it has to be really hot to cause problems - just keep it off your private areas and get a bed tray or lap desk to work off of when you're home instead of placing your laptop on your...lap), but I didn't know WiFi could also be detrimental to children.

According to reports, children should not use Wi-Fi laptops on their laps. Professor Lawrie Challis told the Daily Telegraph children using Wi-Fi networks should be monitored until research into potential health risks is completed. He also thinks children should keep a safe distance from the embedded antennas. The Health Protection Agency has said Wi-Fi devices are of very low power - much lower than mobile phones.

Here's more:

"If you put a laptop straight on your lap and are using wi-fi, you could be around two centimeters from the transmitter, and receiving comparable exposure to that from a mobile phone," said Professor Challis. "Since we advise that children should be discouraged from using mobile phones, we should also discourage children from placing their laptop on their lap when they are using wi-fi."

Concerns over the safety of WiFi have certainly been on the rise in the past years and continue to be a much-discussed topic. While there haven't been any definitive studies, we do know you can keep your house safe by turning off your WiFi when it's not in use.

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catstarr catstarr 8 years
This topic is what lead my friend and I down the very sad "in five years everything will give you cancer and kill you" talk last night.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I figure that with all the wi-fi hot spots everywhere I'm already living like my head's in a microwave anyway, so it's probably not worth worrying about.
patricofstar patricofstar 8 years
ok as I was reading your article I had my laptop sitting in my lap, using wi-fi. I basically was freaking out. thanks!
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