Peter Limbrick writes: My newspapers tell me that:
In a 2016 survey for Parent Zone, 93 per cent of teachers reported seeing increased rates of mental illness among children and teenagers and 90 per cent thought the issues were getting more severe, with 62 per cent dealing with a pupil's mental-health problem at least once a month and an additional 20 per cent doing so on a weekly or even daily basis. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/teenage-mental-health-crisis-rates-of-depression-have-soared-in-the-past-25-years-a6894676.html
Children aged just nine are checking their mobiles through the night, fearful of “missing out,” claims a social media safety group. Digital Awareness UK was told the youngsters checked their phones at least 10 times a night. Pupils said they risked turning up for school tired and unable to concentrate due to the notifications from their mobile devices while they were in bed, with one-tenth of those polled checking their phones at least 10 times a night. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/children-young-nine-check-mobile-8987171
My generation did this to our children. Have we all gone barking mad?
One important aspect of the damaged mental health of our children, but not the only aspect, is the radiation that drives the gadgets we have encouraged our children to become addicted to. Radiation and childhood are inseparable. Radiation is now a compulsory part of growing up. Children are not given a choice.
Eggs and sperms are irradiated by lap-tops, babies are irradiated by baby alarms – night after night after night – then its tablets in the nursery and wi-fi in the classrooms. At home its cordless DECT phones, smartphones and smart meters. We have made damn sure children cannot escape electromagnetic radiation.
Is this long-term radiation safe? Yes, if we trust the telecoms industry (just as we used to trust VW about exhaust emissions). Yes, if we trust governments who also tell us fracking is safe. Yes, if we trust the CEOs of children’s organisations in England who lazily opt to hide behind complacent government guidelines. If only these organisations could point to independent research to justify their easy reassurances! They cannot.
There is a condition, recognised in some countries, called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (ES). Symptoms can include sleep disturbance, tiredness, depression, headaches, restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, forgetfulness and giddiness. When I am exposed to wi-fi in hotels, airports and shops I become bad tempered and argumentative and later have very strange sensations while trying to sleep.
So what does this constant radiation do to school kids? Change their sleep patterns? Make them depressed? Add to their self-harming tendencies? Turn them into bullies – or victims? Make them mentally ill?
All the people I meet who tell me the radiation is safe have not looked at the growing body of international research that says it is not. Yes, all of them. Because the new information technology has massive benefits, we do not want to see the downside – even when our children’s health is at stake.
When enough people get informed and get angry, governments will legislate for safe regulation of the industry. Until then…sorry kids.