The Environmental Health Trust is dedicated to educating the public and especially our young people on cell phone and wireless safety. In this day and age of smartphones and tablets and apps, it is important that we reach our children and teenagers so that they can make healthy technology choices. This page includes information on safer ways to use technology as well as the efforts of schools all over the nation to teach safer cell phone use. If you’re interested in starting one of your own school programs, please email us. Please join us in spreading this important information.
Schools are are becoming increasingly aware that healthy and environmentally friendly facilities foster academic achievement and staff well-being. Low-EMF Best Practices allow for schools and safe technology to work together, using safe wired internet connections, thus reducing the overall impact on students and staff. Schools can incorporate Safe Tech Curriculum into health classes so that they can use their devices more safely at home, as well at school.
PARENT TOOLKIT TO ADVOCATE ON SAFE TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOL
EHT has developed resources for parents to use so they can approach their children’s school on this issue. Please take the time to scroll though this page so all your questions are answered.
Letter on Wi-Fi in School for Principal: This has the latest research and you can send it to the administrator to begin this important conversation on safe technology. Download the letter for your school.
What resources can I share with my school?
2017 News! Maryland Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council recommendations to reduce radio frequency radiation in school classrooms (CEHPAC): Press Release, Report, Council webpage, Newspaper Green Gazette article on the recommendations
EHT’s Wireless Radiation and Children’s Health: This document provides information and links to sources that discuss the critical issues regarding school technology, including: Health Issues and Best Practices for Technology. The second half of the document contains internet-linked research studies.
Safe Schools 2012. A document detailing medical and scientific experts calling for safe technologies in schools.
Wi-Fi in Canadian Schools: A Health and Safety Issue: Read a detailed document of peer-reviewed scientific studies (50) documenting potentially harmful biological effects of Wi-Fi frequency (2.4-2.45 GHz) at or below Health Canada’s Safety Code. (Note: Canada, Australia and US RF Limits are similar)
International Precautionary Policy by Governments: Over twenty countries are taking various action to reduce radiation exposure to children. This document details each country and the various policy and policy efforts underway. EHT updates it 4 times a year.
Children & Wireless FAQs Fact Sheet: This Q and A details many questions that parents and school officials have about this issue.
2012 AAP Letter for the Cell Phone Right to Know Act: This letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) details the organization’s support of the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, and states that children are more vulnerable to cell phone radiation. The AAP also wrote the FCC in 2013 calling for a review of RF guidelines.
Upper Sturt Primary School WiFi and Cell Phone Policy: The Upper Sturt School has an excellent safe technology policy on WiFi and Wireless that can be used as a template for other schools looking for an example of how to approach this issue.
Schools, Unions & PTAs Precautionary Actions: Many unions and PTA’s are taking action on this issue. This is the current list with hyperlinks.
CHPS Low EMF Criteria Fact Sheet: The Collaborative for High Performance Schools has developed Best Practices for LOW EMF classrooms that details how schools can replace wireless networks with wired networks.
PSA’s and Informational Videos
Annual Environmental Health Trust Student Art and Technology Contest in the Jackson Hole Schools and Community
Please check out the results of past years Environmental Health Trust Student Art and Technology Contest. The contest is designed to get children to dig deeper into the science around wireless technology and the safety measures that are important for them to embrace. With the explosion of wireless devices in families and schools today, EHT’s Safe Cell Phone Use Campaign is vital in bringing important information (some of which is included in very small print in the owner manuals of these devices) to every student, parent and teacher in Jackson. EHT presents this information and contest particulars in classrooms, school meetings and parent groups at every school in Jackson,Wyoming.
Past Contest Winning Entries
Student Made Video from Oklahoma
This video was created by a Byng Junior High School 9th grade science research team as part of their award-winning 2009-10 U.S. Army E-Cybermission project addressing the human health risks of cell phone radiation.
“These students approached me directly, having read about my warning label legislation in Maine. I suggested some ideas and resources to them, and they took off. They embody the promise of our youth.” —Representative Andrea M. Boland
“This is a GREAT video. The kids really got it and have fun telling their peers.” —Lloyd Morgan
- Phone Zone Presentation | Read about the heart of this school project
- US Army E-Cybermission Press Release reports that the student won an $8,000 award for this project
- Phone Zone 2010 USIEF Application
- Doctor’s Advice Brochure
- The Cell Phone Right To Know Briefing prepared for the City by Lawrence Lessig, with support from the California Brain Tumor Association and Voices Against Brain Cancer.