Cyprus – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health
Cyprus has removed Wi-Fi from elementary schools and supported a strong educational initiative to educate children and families about cell phones and wireless radiation. They have developed comprehensive brochures for public health and video public service announcements regarding the issue.
Please take the time to read through these initiatives and watch some video’s of Dr. Stella Michaelidou , President of the Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health lecture on their Health Initiatives. Comprehensive educational brochures are uploaded at the end of this page in English and Greek. If you choose to translate these brochures please share this with the Cyprus committee and Environmental Health Trust so we can distribute them.
2017 Directive of the Minister of Culture and Education to Ban Wi-Fi from kindergartens, Remove Wi-Fi from Elementary Classrooms and Halt Deployment.
- Original Translated Directive from the Cyprus Minister of Culture and Education
- Wireless is recommended only to be used if needed in the administrative areas of elementary schools, not by the students. However, if the use of Wi-Fi is required, “ necessary measures to protect children should be taken, and wireless access points should remain inactive when not in use for teaching purposes.” Furthermore before installation of any wireless program involving teachers or students “the consent of parents should be ensured in advance” the directive reads stating that the director of the school should send a letter to the parents of children who will participate in programs involving wireless technology informing them for the reason and duration of WiFi usage.
- Read Press release on Cyprus Wi-Fi removal from elementary classrooms
Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health
- “Protecting children from radiation emitted by Wi-Fi, mobile phones and wireless” Webpage
- EMF brochure on reducing the risks to children from exposure to the Non Ionizing Radiation (mobile phones, Wi-Fi, tablets, etc.).
- The Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health is supported by the Nation of Cyprus and “has as its basic aim the prevention of illnesses, which also are related with the exposure of children in environmental dangers.” The activities of the National Committee are supported by the State of Cyprus.
- The National Committee recommends, “Be Precautionary and reduce exposure to phones, Wi-Fi and other wireless devices,” states the Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health (ECH). Dr. Stella Michaelidou, President of the ECH, states that society should respond by taking precautions because “Documentation of other potential and more serious biological side effects are on the tip of an emerging iceberg.”
- An In-Cyprus news article quoted Michaelidou as saying that “multiple and frequent exposure to this kind of radiation, which falls below the acceptable levels of thermal effects, pose a health risk to a developing embryo.” Children who use their mobile phone more frequently face a higher risk at having a weaker memory, attention deficit disorder, and similar issues.
- In-Cyprus News Article – “Mobile devices could harm kids”
Public Awareness Video
- PSA Video on Children’s Health and Wi-Fi: Original Video in Greek & English
- PSA Video on Pregnant Women and Wireless: Original Video in Greek & English
- PSA Video For Teenagers about cell phones and wireless: Translated into English
- Youtube channel of the Committee
Printable Educational Resources
- CyprusCyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health Brochure on Electromagnetic Fields in Greek
- CyprusCyprus National Committee on Environment and Child Health Brochure on Electromagnetic Fields in English
- 2015 Powerpoint Slide Presentation by the President of the Commission, Dr. Stella Kanna Michaelides on EMFs (in Greek)
- Dr Michalis Tornaritis on media use (in Greek)
- Dr. Michaelidou of the National Committee gives presentation to Ioannina University: “Neurological and behavioral effects οf Non Ionizing Radiation emitted from mobile devices on children: Steps to be taken ASAP for the protection of children and future generation
Stella Canna-Michaelidou, PhD, President of the National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health of Cyprus, Multi-Media Public Health Tools to Promote Public and Health Professional Understanding of Wireless Radiation PDF of January 2017 IIAS Presentation
The 2017 Nicosia Declaration on Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Radiation was signed at the November 11, 2017 seminar “The impact of non-ionizing radiation on health: A myth or an emerging medical challenge?” organized in cooperation with the Austrian Medical Chamber, the Medical Chamber of Vienna, the Cyprus Medical Association and the Cyprus National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health.
The new position paper states the problem is that existing regulatory limits for wireless device emissions inadequately address biological effects and long-term effects from exposure to cell phones and wireless devices.
- Nicosia 2017 Declaration Position Paper on Electromagnetic Radiation and Radiofrequency Radiation in English
- Nicosia 2017 Declaration Position Paper on Electromagnetic Radiation and Radiofrequency Radiation in Greek
- 16 Practical Rules To Decrease Mobile Phone and Wireless electromagnetic Radiation Nicosia 2017 Declaration in English
- 16 Practical Rules To Decrease Mobile Phone and Wireless electromagnetic Radiation Nicosia 2017 Declaration in Greek
News Reports from Cyprus
April 2016 – Dr. Michaelidou, President of the Cyprus National Committee, gives presentation: “Environment and Health of the Child”, presenting on the issue of Electromagnetic radiation and its effects on children’s health.
Sigma TV News Report – “Children and Wi-fi”
President of the National Committee “Environment and Child Health” with Professor Loukas Margaritis speaking in a news piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WumF2qOUKrU
2015 In-Cyprus News Report: Mobile devices could harm kids
9/2015 News Report Cyprus Mail: ‘Technology harming our children’ MPs say