Wi-Fi safety in New Zealand schools

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Wi Fi safety in schools

NetSafe is frequently asked by schools principals and boards of trustees to advise on the Ministry of Education’s current view on the health implications of wireless networks in schools.

The MoE position is informed by the National Centre for Radiation Science. You can see their current guidance on health and radiofrequency exposure standards in NZ and globally on their dedicated WiFi page.

The most important document for school administrators and board committees to consider was written by Dr Fran McGrath (from the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Education) on 20 September 2011 on Safety of WiFi in Schools (PDF, 94Kb) which references signal strength, positioning of equipment and international research on cellphone use.

It states that:

the installation of WiFi equipment in schools does not pose a health risk to staff or students

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