iPads in schools provide a wonderful educational tool – they let students access a wealth of online information, participate in citizen science projects, and they reduce the demand for paper resources; but with all these benefits, they also pose certain health risks. Learn more about these risks and how to minimize them.
iPads in schools have been touted as the next big thing for educational use, and are particularly useful in classrooms. iPads are easy to use, come with tons of free educational apps, and are small, light and wireless – and thus very portable. They allow learners to access the internet with its unlimited online resources, and have access to information, dictionaries and thesauruses at the click of a button. Students literally have an immense library of online information at their fingertips. iPads therefore reduce, if not eliminate the need for costly textbooks as well as paper notebooks, reducing the demand for paper resources, which also has environmental benefits.
There are also many creative ways that educators are using iPads in schools to enhance their learning experience. For example, students may be encouraged to take images of backyard wildlife using their iPad or cell phone, and then when they return to class, upload these to online citizen science sites such as Project Noah, which provides a platform where unidentified specimens can be identified by biologists online, while at they same time contributing to an online database of species diversity and distribution. iPads in schools clearly have excellent educational benefits, but at what cost?
Why are iPads in Schools a Health Risk?
The problem iPads in schools, is the level of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure that users are subjected too while using these devices. Because they are small by design, with touch screen controls, and the fact that they can only be connected to the internet via a school WiFi network, both Radio Frequency (RF) and EMF exposure cannot be avoided. Not unless preventative measures are taken to shield the body from iPad radiation and reduce the levels of exposure.
EMF exposure damages cellular DNA in the human body and is known to be harmful to the reproductive systems of both males and females, as well as the heart and other bodily functions. Children are particularly vulnerable to these risks when using WiFi and computer devices in the classroom.
How to Reduce Exposure to EMF Radiation When Using an iPads in Schools
By taking some simple precautions while using iPads in schools we can greatly reduce EMF exposure. When using a tablet, such as an iPad, always turn it to airplane mode when you are not using the internet. If the WiFi setting is left active it will continue to emit radiation even when you are not connected to WiFi network. Refrain from using your iPad on your lap, or holding it close to your body – work with it as far away from your body as possible, preferably resting it on a desk, tabletop, or other surface. Make sure that your child, as well as teachers, are aware of the dangers of iPads in schools, and that they take the necessary precautions to reduce the risks. Finally, take precautions to prevent exposure by using an EMF shield on your iPad, and ensure that your child’s iPad is equiped with the same protection. iPads in schools provide a wonderful educational tool, yet should be used cautiously.