By B.N. Frank
Once upon a time, school field trips didn’t involve strapping goggles onto kids’ faces to intentionally expose them to harmful (and sometimes blinding) blue light and harmful (and sometimes cancerous) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). But that’s how Virtual Reality (VR) works – not by magic.
That’s why scientists asked Google and schools to stop promoting and sponsoring these “trips” over 3 years ago.
Environmental Health Trust (EHT) scientists are calling on Google to stop the spread into schools of wireless virtual reality system Global Expeditions Pioneer Program where middle-school children hold a cell phone encased in a cardboard box in front of their eyes to take virtual expeditions to Mars, the moon, and other special places.
“Two-way microwave radiation transceivers, in the form of Smartphones, should not be used directly in front of children’s eyes and brains,” cautions University of Utah Distinguished Prof. Om Gandhi, who is one of the original developers of testing to evaluate wireless radiation from cellphones and is a Senior Advisor to EHT.
Since 2012, The American Academy of Pediatrics has been issuing warnings about children’s exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices and infrastructure. Research had already proven that children were more vulnerable to it. Unfortunately, that didn’t seem to be enough for Google and schools from strapping goggles onto kids’ faces for “trips.”
Inside these the cool cardboard boxes Google gave the kids, there is a cheap smartphone. The phones are wirelessly connected through a special router to an iPad the teacher uses to lead them through this “adventure” to far away lands
Not only that, there is still no “safe” level of radiation exposure that has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.
Last but certainly not least – for many years already – Silicon Valley parents have gone to great lengths to limit their own kids’ use of screens. It’s been reported recently that they are taking more extreme measures to shield their kids from tech. This includes spying on their nannies and making them sign “no screen” contracts.
It’s one thing if parents allow their kids to use harmful devices at home. It’s another thing when schools use them as part of their curriculums. After all, Google won’t be the only one that may eventually be held liable for harming students.
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Clear Light Ventures
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Physicians for Safe Technology
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