The Council of Europe is calling for a ban on mobile phones and Wi-Fi in schools after examining evidence that wireless technologies had ‘potentially harmful’ effects on humans.
The evidence comes in a major new study which has found electromagnetic radiation generated by wireless gadgets - including baby monitors and cordless phones - may be harmful for children's developing brains.
The evidence found that immediate action was required to protect children.
It calls for measures to reduce exposure to ‘potentially harmful’ electromagnetic fields, especially radio frequencies from handsets. It says children are ‘most at risk from head tumours.’
The findings contrast with the World Health Organisation’s view that exposure to electromagnetic fields posed little or no risk to human health.
The draft resolution from the Council's Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs, said: ‘Waiting for high levels of scientific and clinical proof before taking action to prevent well-known risks can lead to very high health and economic costs, as was the case with asbestos, leaded petrol and tobacco.’
The committee wants a review of the current thresholds for exposure to electromagnetic fields, which it said had ‘serious limitations’.
Members also call for preventative limits for levels of long-term exposure to the radio frequencies emitted by mobile phones and Wi-Fi connections in all indoor areas. There were also calls to raise awareness of the potential health risks of wireless telephones and baby monitors, which employ similar technology.
The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme dismissed the findings.
A Department of Health spokesman said children should ‘keep all calls short.’