National Association for Children and Safe Technology
Seven concrete steps you can take to raise awareness and advocate for safety at your child's school and in your community. Additional resources follow below.
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1. Educate Yourself and Others
We recommend taking the time to go face to face and talk to family and community members. Share information with them as a first step.
Be sure to bring information on Easy Steps for Safer Technology at home. This issue can feel overwhelming at first and it is very important that people understand they CAN make a difference. We CAN minimize exposures at home and in our daily life. Every person CAN make their home safer, just as communities CAN work for safer schools.
2. Prepare information to approach your school and school board.
All school administrators must be given information so that they are fully informed. Then, they have a responsibility to act. We recommend you review ALL of the EHT school briefing materials found HERE and Letters from Experts found HERE.
If it is possible to have a face to face meeting with your Teacher, Principal or PTA Officers, try this as a first step. Follow up with a short letter containing briefing document attached and one or two links.
If the school does not take action, be sure you have sent them full and complete information (Briefings and Letters) and communicate that you, as a parent, do not consent for your child to be exposed to this radiation daily.
Inevitably, your group will need to present this issue more formally in board and administrative meetings.
3. Present information to:
- Your School Administration
- Your School PTA
- Your School District Administration
- Go to School Board meetings
- Your Elected Officials: All of them - from local representatives to the President
- Members of the Health and Education Committees
4. Get Organized.
Set meetings with concerned community members to organize focused next steps.
Start an email list to update people on news and specifics on how to help.
Give people easy steps for action. If letters to the County Council are needed, then include the email list so all a person needs to do is cut and paste it into their browser. Then detail the main points needed for the letter.
Reach out to your local environmental health and children focused community groups by briefly describing the issue in a short letter and asking for their support. Ask them to get this information to their members for review. Ask them to get this issue on the agenda for their next meeting.
5. Understand the issue as one of many safety issues.
Safety is a top priority for all schools and technology is an important tool. Schools are integrating best practices to deal with bullying by monitoring the content students access. They are using technology to monitor traffic in the building and to communicate. This may be the first time they considered health issues as a technology safety issue.
Sometimes schools have considered this issue already and have tried to make the WiFi routers "as low as possible". Such actions show a deeper understanding of the issue and we hope such schools will be more willing to work on this issue. With more education they will understand that "low" does not mean "safe".
Positively engage with the school and keep communication lines open. Everyone shares the same goal of a strong education for the children. As the school understands the issue better they will understand the need to take action. They will respect this as a safety issue to be planned for, just as they do the other safety issues.
6. Sometimes you may receive illogical responses.
It can be very disturbing to first hear this information. We have found that many people first think that this information means we are trying to take technology away. This is not the case. We strongly support technological literacy and are simply sharing information on how to use technological devices more intelligently.
Be prepared for the following reactions to this issue.
- Refusal to engage in dialogue on the issue.
- Disbelief that potential safety issues exist.
- Minimization of the science showing effects.
- Erroneous statements that this radiation "is safe" despite no safety assurances from any medical organization in the United States
7. Stay clear and focused.
- Respond logically and calmly to all responses.
- Keep the focus on children’s health and safety.
- Keep presenting the science and the facts.
We have found that when parents share this information at school board meetings, PTA meetings and county council meetings , PEOPLE LISTEN. Word Spreads.
“There comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,
but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
Remember: We do not need to agree on the amount of risk or harm. We can agree that a prudent precautionary approach makes sense when it comes to our children.
Many people will say that the issue is “inconclusive” as if this somehow justifies exposing children to constant microwave radiation. Should we dismiss the hundreds of studies showing biological effects? Should we dismiss the fact that expert organizations such as the World Health Organization are calling for more research?
If the science is "inconclusive" then scientific investigations must be first completed to gain "conclusive" understandings before we expose our children for hours every day.