CAMPAIGNERS who fear the new generation of mobile communication technology poses a health hazard have started a group in Stroud.
But safety experts say there is no evidence to back up their concerns.
A founder member of Protect the Public Against Microwave Radiation said it will campaign against wireless 4G technology in schools and public places.
“We know some local schools already have wi-fi installed,” said Gabriel Millar, one of the group’s founder members.
“We want to alert them and the parents of the potential damaging effects which this wireless-linked technology can have, particularly on children.”
“We urge parent teacher associations and governors to press to have this system replaced with a wired alter native.”
She said the most recent meeting of the group attracted more than 70 people.
It was held in the Old Town Hall in Stroud, where concerns were raised over the effects of perceived levels of radiation emitted by telecommunications masts since 4G arrived.
Public Health England, which monitors new communications technology for health risks, said there is no evidence that wireless networks affect health.
“People using wi-fi, or those in the proximity of wi-fi equipment, are exposed to the radio signals it emits and some of the transmitted energy in the signals is absorbed in their bodies, ” it stated.
“There is no consistent evidence to date that exposure to radio signals from wi-fi and WLANs (wireless local area network) adversely affects the health of the general population.
Based on current knowledge and experience, radio frequency exposures from wi-fi are likely to be lower than those from mobile phones.
“Also, the frequencies used in wi-fi are broadly the same as those from other radio frequency applications such as FM radio, TV and mobile
“On the basis of the published studies and those carried out in-house, PHE sees no reason why wi-fi should not continue to be used in schools
and in other places.”
Under a precautionary approach though, it is keeping the situation under review.
Sir William Stewart, former chairman of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said it is carrying out a programme of research into WLANs and their use, to include measurements of exposures from wi-fi networks, in particular those in schools.