Published online at GlobalTVEdmonton.com on January 12, 2011.
Linda Hoang, Global News: Wednesday, January 12, 2011
EPSB hears concerns over Wi-Fi
At Tuesday night’s Edmonton Public School board meeting, concerned parents spoke out against the use of Wi-Fi in classrooms.
It was all in an effort to get the wireless Internet technology removed from public schools in the city.
But the board has said the transmitters are safe, and that the radio-frequency signals emitted from Wi-Fi technology is low enough to cause no harm to students.
However, parents say the risk is too great.
“The reality is we don’t know what the effects are, nobody knows. If you want your little five-year-old, six-year-old, seven-year-old surrounded by this Wi-Fi technology for upwards of eight hours a day, that little child has no say in this decision.” said Bill Fraser, a father of three who is against keeping Wi-Fi in his childrens’ classrooms.
The question of Wi-Fi safety in classrooms in Edmonton was first presented to the board superintendent on Dec. 14 and since then parents’ concerns have spread.
Board trustees will make a decision about whether Wi-Fi should be removed from Edmonton schools in two weeks.
About 120 schools in Edmonton are using Wi-Fi.