On January 29, 2015, French parliament passed a law prohibiting wireless internet in crèches. The law also limits the use of it in schools.
In France, a law has been passed which prohibits wifi in crèches and prescribes schools to turn it off when not in use. Originally, the law also intended to prohibit wireless internet in schools, but this proposal was rejected. At the same time however, proposals were adopted which prohibit advertising for mobile phones aimed at young people, as well as advertising in which a mobile phone is held to the ear.
Council of Europe wants to protect children from radiation
The new French law, which was adopted on January 29, stems from Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe1 (2011). This resolution recommends schools to banish wireless phones and internet and to give preference to fixed lines. These measures have been proposed to protect children and young people from potential negative health effects of electromagnetic radiation. For after all, wireless technology has been introduced without the long-term effects being known and studied sufficiently. In addition, children are considered particularly vulnerable.
Little interest in Netherlands
While France has been trying to regulate the protection by law for several years and Belgium has prohibited sales of mobile phones for children under 7 years in 2014, The Netherlands remains conspicuously silent on this subject. When asked, members of parliament admit that Dutch politicians hardly show any interest in this matter. Only the Christian Union raised some questions in April 2013 about the (even then) stricter rules in France regarding the use of wifi in schools.