A Meaford, Ontario school is the latest to give into the idea that wireless internet offered in schools is the cause of kids not concentrating or coming up with headaches during the week. As a result, they’ve decided to pull the plug.
Parents of students at St. Vincent Euphrasia elementary school voted “overwhelmingly” to cut off the Wi-Fi, according to a statement released by the school’s parent council Monday.
“Parents voted to protect their children’s health and plug the computers back in with hardwires,” council member Andrew Couper said in the statement.
Wi-Fi “is something every school council across Canada should be questioning,” Couper said.
St. Vincent Euphrasia is one of a handful of schools to look into a Wi-Fi ban in recent months over fears it’s making students sick.
A group of Ontario parents dubbed the Simcoe County Safe School Committee believes Wi-Fi transmitters in schools may be responsible for a host of symptoms their kids show — from headaches to an inability to concentrate — all of which disappear on weekends.
Gee, I’ve developped a headache or two during the week in my time, and we didn’t have wi-fi in the schools back then. Added to that, nowadays the school isn’t the only–or, indeed, in some cases first–place to get itself wi-fi ready. If you have internet service, especially lately, you’ve probably got a wi-fi transmitter. If you don’t, your neighbour probably does. Or the coffee shop you swing past on your way to work. And yet, on weekends, these kids don’t display those particular symptoms. And that’s somehow the school’s fault because–oh nos, these parents don’t get this newfangled wi-fi thing. Really? Well damn, I’d love to be a kid again with things like this. Play sick from school and have mommy blame the school. Suddenly, I feel a headache coming on. I don’t think I can look for work today.