As you'll already know if you regularly read here one of my less helpful hobbies is waking up at night for the sole purpose of worrying unnecessarily about stuff. Any stuff really and it can occupy me for hours! One of the things that often strikes fear in my heart at 3.00am is electromagnetic radiation. Yeah really, but perhaps should explain. A few months back we renovated. After removing a wall or two and then adding a few more here and there we moved the pinks bedrooms and their playroom to the other end of the house. (Sounds so simple when you say it like that - and don't mention living with sheets as walls in the middle of a Ballarat winter or our Danger Mouse stone deaf builder.) What I didn't consider was that this would leave the mains power box for the house on a child's bedroom wall. And here we have the beginnings of my nocturnal worrying about electromagnetic radiation. I've discussed my fears with the Dear One and others and come to the 'day time' conclusion I'm probably worrying about nothing - but 'just in case' her bed is now positioned so her head can rest at the furthest point from the meter box.
|Disclaimer - this is not my child (thanks google images).|
But now I have some more food for my fears! So this morning I've been surfing the net getting acquainted with the European study which lead to the discussion in the first place. The study questions whether WiFi should be allowed in schools due to the undetermined risk. Evidently behavioural concerns and lack of concentration are being looked at closely as well as the risk of cancer. Here is an article from The News which outlines it all. As with most similar debates if you look for long enough you'll find information to support both sides. Not really much help for the over conscientious worriers amongst us. On the one hand I get really cross that as a mother (parent more specifically) we are forced to worry such a lot about our children these days (and as you can see I don't require help on that front) and often marketed to in a way which plays on those fears for profit. Yet, like every other mother on the planet I don't want to place my kids in danger and I sleep much better knowing I've done all I can to protect them from harm - both now and in the future.
And all this just because I decided to banish the Dear One to the playroom to watch the umpteenth rerun of Top Gear while I chilled out with Offspring. That'll teach me! Do you worry about this wireless WiFi world we're living in or should I just choose to take a chill pill and watch some more mindless TV (with the adds firmly muted!)