There was a very good program on BBC the other day that covers it in a friendly format. BBC iPlayer - Bang Goes the Theory: Series 6: Episode 5
The council of Europe is not as official as it sounds. It is not part of the European Union functions.
That report is a ridiculous pile of FUD. Less testing was done on poly-unsaturated fat than has been done on wifi, yet that is legal and in *everything*.
A precautionary approach is fine, but practicality dictates that sometimes we have to 'risk' things. There's a chance that letting kids use hacksaws in DT can lead to them cutting their hands off, but we let them do it. There's a chance, however slim, that wifi can cause cancer, but we should continue to use it as the benefits outweigh the risk.
Children are killed in car accidents every day, yet we don't go around banning cars.
Getting a bit off topic now guys
You will more than likely find more of the parents that not have wireless at home and dont even realise its wireless they have at home.
Of course, measuring the "power" of wireless devices (wifi, phone masts, laptops, phones) is meaningless unless you include the distance at which they're measured, and the distance at which you normally find yourself from these devices. The inverse square law applies to radio waves, meaning that a low power device (mobile phone for instance) held to your head causes an order of magnitude more absorption than a much more powerful phone mast a quarter of a mile away.
I would wager that those "concerned" mentioned by the OP own and use mobiles.
Wikipedia is normally reliable for non-contentious issues, but as always take what you read with a pinch of (low sodium) salt.
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I like to point out that as well as DECT phones, many baby monitors work on the 2.4GHz spectrum, and no-one's banning baby monitors.
The problem is that as soon as people bash something like "wireless network radiation" into Google and see 4 million results, they assume the worst, even though the quality (and relevance) of those results is quite poor. As a counter to that, put in "wireless network perfectly safe" and you get 67 million results. Now, I'm not claiming that quantity of Google hits on a specific term means they are safe; on the contrary, it shows how meaningless such a selective search can be, but that's the sort of thing a lot of people base their opinion on.
I tend to say "basically, the information which is out there and trustworthy says that there is no causal link which can be established but that doesn't mean it is 100% safe, in the same manner that eating burnt toast might not be safe (ooohh ... PPKs are carcinogenic?)"
There are some guides about mobile phone usage with young children and that is related, to some extent, to the proximity of the device to developing cells ... going to speaker phone or things like Skype on a computer can be argued as a method of dealing with that.
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