Mobile phones and computers with wireless internet connections should be banned from schools, says European leaders as these technologies pose a risk to human health.
The Council of Europe's Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs examined evidence that the technologies have "potentially harmful" effects on humans, and concluded that immediate action was required to protect children, reports the Telegraph.
AdvertisementIn a report, the committee said it was crucial to avoid repeating the mistakes made when public health officials were slow to recognize the dangers of asbestos, tobacco smoking and lead in petrol.
The report also highlighted the potential health risks of cordless telephones and baby monitors that rely on similar technology are widely used in British homes.
The committee, composed of 84 MPs and politicians from 47 member states, unanimously adopted a draft resolution - calling on governments to "take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields" from mobile phones and similar devices, including the ban in schools.