Did you know that France has banned wi-fi in its ECE sector? And that primary schools can only have wi-fi on during specific, related lessons, rather than 24/7?

This is one of several interesting facts reported in a controversial Australian documentary, Wi-Fried? ABC Catalyst Investigates Wi-Fi Health Concerns. Watch it on You Tube – it’s quite short.

This link was sent to EA by a concerned Auckland child psychologist, who thinks we need to be worried about the exposure of young brains to low-level radiation from Wifi and other wireless devices. He noted too that the programme has received a vociferous reaction from the telco sector, portraying the contributing scientists as ‘lunatic fringe’ and ridiculing and discrediting the investigative journalist.

Doubtless some of the criticism is valid, whoever is going to get that kind of story perfectly right? But isn’t a chunk of the criticism just what corporates do with their massive comms teams when they’re challenged? And doesn’t it overlook the main point?

I’m somewhat open to this because in recent years I’ve personally met two young people with brain tumours, and I’ve never previously in my life met anyone with a brain tumour. Also, socially, I’ve chatted with an employee in a large neurology department who mentioned they do a lot more operations nowadays for brain tumours.

And besides that, there’s the story that continues to circulate – there’s a version in UK paper The Independent today – about Steve Jobs, and other IT top dogs, refusing to let their children use iPads because of how they stunt young brains in other ways.