This blog article was written as a one page handout for parents attending the documentary Screenagers in Palo Alto, California.
There is growing awareness of screen addiction, but most people are still in the dark about an issue that goes hand in hand with screen time: the health effects of wireless radiation exposure. There is a growing body of published research on this. Below is a small selection of studies, articles and as well as a video from a public health event on the topic.
Even if you limit your children’s screen time, they can still be exposed to excessive levels from baby monitors, Wi-Fi, cordless phone base stations, and cell towers. Palo Alto has higher power cell towers, and places them closer to residential areas and schools than surrounding communities allow.
The same physiological processes that are targeted by psychiatric drugs are also impacted by wireless radiation.
Pall, Martin L. “Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage‐gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects.” Journal of cellular and molecular medicine 17.8 (2013): 958-965:
The most commonly reported symptoms of wireless exposure are sleep disturbance, headache, fatigue, and depression.
For more information see: Understanding EMF and Wireless Safety