A disturbing trend in children’s toys is dolls and teddy bears (among other products) that include electronics and wireless capabilities hidden inside them. (Such toys may be marketed as “smart” toys, although not all toys marketed with the word “smart” will include wireless technologies.)
The inclusion of wireless transmitters inside toys for children means that that when a child plays with the toy or snuggles up with it (such as in the case of a soft toy) the child will be exposed to potentially carcinogenic non-ionising microwave radiation. (Microwave radiation has a “class 2B” carcinogen rating from the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.)
Moreover, so-called “smart” toys that can connect to the internet and include microphones can reportedly be hijacked and used as spying tools, according to a recent article. (See this link for details; http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-35043521 )
This information in this article raises the question that if security agencies can hack into smart toys, these toys may also be vulnerable to hacking by other parties. (There have already been nasty incidents in which wireless baby monitors have been hacked by people whose motive seems to be want to be to cause distress to babies and their parents; see: http://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/creeps-hack-baby-monitors-and-say-terrifying-thing#.ioBZO44lQ )
Please note that I am not endorsing the use of wireless baby monitors even if they are password protected as the microwave radiation that they emit may be hazard to a baby’s rapidly developing brain.
If you are thinking of buying any other tech toy for a child this Christmas, please remember that wireless devices do expose your child to potentially carcinogenic radiation at a young age and wired computers are generally safer.
NB: If you already have an iPad it may be possible to use this online via a simple cable system to avoid unnecessary exposure to microwave radiation. Please see this link for details: http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/how-to-connect-to-the-internet-with-an-ipad-with-ethernet-cables/
NB: You will also need to turn off the internal modems inside the iPad.
Ed note: The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine frequently features articles about various aspects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and health. Previous issues have included articles about smart meters, “dirty electricity” and the current issue (19) features an interview with Professor Olle Johansson on electrohypersensitivity (EHS). To purchase a copy or to download a free sample of an issue, please visit our online shop at this link: http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/shop/