New Law Asks California Schools Ban Smartphones In Classrooms

New Law Asks California Schools Ban Smartphones In Classrooms, 8 July 2019

Pupils using mobile phone at the elementary school during recreation time. Group of multiethnic children sitting in a row and typing a message on smartphone. Young boys and girls playing with cellphone.

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California public and charter schools can now ban students from using smartphones in class and at school, except under certain circumstances.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 272 in early July.

The new law asks all school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to come up with smartphone policies to limit or prohibit student use at school.

AB 272 does allow for certain allowances, including:

  • In the case of an emergency, or in response to a perceived threat of danger.
  • When a teacher or administrator of the school district, county office of education, or charter school grants permission to a pupil to possess or use a smartphone, subject to any reasonable limitation imposed by that teacher or administrator.
  • When a licensed physician or surgeon determines that the possession or use of a smartphone is necessary for the health or well-being of the pupil.
  • When the possession or use of a smartphone is required by a pupil’s individualized education program.

ALSO: Even Tech Execs Fret About Their Kids’ Smartphone Addictions

The bill’s author, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D- Torrance), said, “There is growing evidence that unrestricted use of smartphones by students in schools interferes with the educational mission of the school, lowers pupil performance, particularly among low-achieving pupils, promotes cyberbullying, and contributes to teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide. .”

According to the bill analysis,

“ A 2015 Discussion Paper from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Center for Economic Performance, “Ill Communication: Technology, Distraction and Student Performance” studied four English city school systems that had banned cell phone use in schools in 2013. The authors of the paper found that student test scores improved by 6.41% of a standard deviation when schools banned cell phone use. The effect was driven by the most disadvantaged and underachieving pupils. The results suggest that low-achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones, while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy. ”

A Pew Research Center study conducted in 2018 found 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, a 22% increase since 2014-15.

A psychology professor at San Diego State University found in 2017: “8th grade pupils who spend 10 or more hours per week on social media are 56% more likely to describe themselves as unhappy than those who devote less time to social media. Moreover, teenagers who spend three hours per day or more on electronic devices are 35% more likely to demonstrate risk factors for suicide, such as suicidal ideation; and, teenagers who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71% more likely to demonstrate a risk factor for suicide.”

ALSO: More Time On Smartphones Linked To Higher Suicide Risk In Teens, Study Says

According to a study done by Common Sense Media,

13-18-year-olds spend:

  • 8:56 a day consuming entertainment on TV, computer, smartphone
  • 6:40 a day of screen media

8-12-year-olds spend:

  • 5:55 a day consuming entertainment on TV, computer, smartphone
  • 4:36 of screen media

The new law does not apply to private schools.

Source : California schools smartphone banMieuxprevenir

Les smartphones définitivement bannis des écoles vaudoises

Les smartphones définitivement bannis des écoles vaudoises, 26 juin 2019

Les téléphones portables seront interdits durant les cours, les récréations, les sorties scolaires et les camps des écoliers vaudois jusqu’en 11P. Le Département de la formation a pris cette décision après une expérience pilote jugée concluante.

Depuis la rentrée 2018-2019, dix établissements scolaires testent une telle interdiction. Concrètement, les écoliers doivent éteindre et ranger smartphones et dispositifs connectés personnels durant le temps scolaire, rappelle jeudi le Département de la formation et de la jeunesse (DFJC).

Qualifiée de bénéfique par « la quasi-totalité des acteurs concernés », l’expérience s’étendra dès la prochaine rentrée à tous les écoliers du cycle obligatoire. Les parents bénéficieront de conseils sur l’utilisation des écrans qui seront ajoutés à l’agenda dès la rentrée d’août.

« Renforcer les échanges »

L’objectif de cette mesure est de favoriser la concentration, la capacité d’apprentissage et les interactions. Reste que ces outils peuvent être utilisés à des fins pédagogiques.

« L’interdiction des téléphones portables à la récréation va renforcer les échanges entre les élèves qui est essentielle au développement des enfants », avait expliqué la conseillère d’Etat Cesla Amarelle avant le lancement du projet pilote en août 2018.


Source – Smartphones definitivement bannis des ecoles vaudoises

avec – L’interview de Cesla Amarelle, conseillère d’Etat en charge de la formation

Switzerland: Smartphones definitively banned from schools in canton Vaud, 26 June 2019 – translation

Mobile phones will be banned during classes, breaks, school outings and camps for Waldensian schoolchildren in canton Vaud until 11P [age 15]. The Training Department made this decision after a pilot experiment that was deemed successful.

Since the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, ten schools have been testing such a ban. In concrete terms, schoolchildren must turn off and store smartphones and connected personal devices during school hours, says the Department of Training, Youth and Culture (DFJC) on Thursday.

Described as beneficial by « almost all the actors concerned », the experience will be extended to all pupils in the compulsory cycle from the next school year onwards. Parents will benefit from advice on the use of the screens that will be added to the agenda as of the beginning of the August school year.

« Strengthen exchanges »

The objective of this measure is to promote concentration, learning ability and interaction. However, these tools can be used for educational purposes.

« The ban on mobile phones at recess will strengthen exchanges between students, which is essential for children’s development, » explained State Councillor Cesla Amarelle before the launch of the pilot project in August 2018.


English Translation Source – Original article in French

Fifth Court in Italy Ruled Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors and Determined It Is An Occupational Disease

Written by: Martine Vriens, Director of International Legal Affairs for We Are The Evidence, 29 May 2019

On 30 January, 2019, an Italian Court in the city of Monza, Italy ruled that the Acoustic Neuroma brain tumor of an airport employee was caused by exposure to the radiation from a cell phone he used for over 10 years for his work. The court determined that the tumor has permanently incapacitated him, and ruled it to be an occupational disease. PRESS HERE for the Court’s Decision

This is the fourth case in which the courts in Italy determined that an Acoustic Neuroma type brain tumor was caused by a cell phone, and the fifth court to make such ruling as in the first case the court decision was appealed and later confirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court. A Summary of the four cases is in the bottom of this article.

The importance of the decision is not only that it’s another Italian Court decision that establishes the link between brain tumors and exposure to Radio-Frequency/Microwave Radiation that is emitted from cell phones, but also by recognizing that if the exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) was necessary for the purposes of work, the Acoustic Neuroma tumor may be considered an Occupational Disease.

Acoustic Neuroma, also known as Vestibular Schwannoma is a tumor which develops on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain. This nerve influences balance and hearing, and pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and unsteadiness. Occasionally, it can interfere with brain functioning. It is a schwannoma type of tumor which means it develops on the Schwann cells covering the nerve.

It is important to mention that in the National Toxicology Program study of the US Federal government, the tumors that were found to be caused by exposure to cell phones’ radiation are schwannoma type tumors.tumor

The Case

From 1994 to 2010, an airport employee was exposed at his work to high levels of Radio-Frequency and Microwave radiation from a variety of antennas and high-frequency equipment: altitude signal repeaters, weather radars, satellite antennas, and airplane equipment.

In addition, for the purpose of the coordination of tasks which were part of his job in the office, he had to use a lot of Electromagnetic frequencies and radiation emitting devices such as mobile phones, two PCs that were always on, and signal repeaters (GSM and DECT).

Several times the employee and his colleagues reported to the employer that the levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and radiation were high and requested that the EMFs and radiation be measured, but they were ignored.

The employee used a Siemens DECT phone, a Nokia and later a Samsung cell phone for more than four hours a day, with phone sessions of up to 45 minutes consecutively and on the left side of his head. In 2010, he was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma.

In 2011, the employee was declared to be permanently unfit for work and his disability was determined to be 68%. In 2014, he applied to INAIL (the Italian Center for Occupational Diseases) asking that his tumor be recognized as an Occupational Disease. The employee claimed that there is a casual link between his exposure to radiation in his work and the acoustic neuroma tumor he suffered, and hence his disease should be recognized as an occupational disease.

The CTU, a collaboration of experts and technical advisers assigned to evaluate the case, conducted research into the disease and its risk factors. In reducing the criteria for the causal link assessment, the CTU stated that the worker had been exposed to high-frequency EMR for a considerable number of hours per day for over 10 years.

The CTU concluded that the development of the left auditory nerve neuroma is related to his work. They based their determination on the duration of exposure, the type of devices he used, the type of pathology, and the review of the literature. They determined that the evidence is sufficient for a causal link, even in the absence of clear conclusive scientific evidence.

The CTU also refereed to a similar decision by the Court of Brescia, in which several studies between 2005 and 2009 were quoted. In three of the studies that were quoted, the risk of Neuroma had increased considerably, while according to another study the risk was considered to be low but present.

The CTU concluded that the tumor caused a reduction in the employee’s psycho and physical integrity.

Summary of Previous Italian Court Decisions

First Decision: Brescia Court. December 10, 2009, affirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court on October 12, 2012

The Supreme Court of Italy has affirmed a ruling that granted worker’s compensation to a businessman who developed a tumor after using a cell phone for 12 years. Marcolini, a financial manager at an industrial plant in Brescia in northern Italy, used cell and cordless phones for five-to-six hours a day for 12 years. He was diagnosed as having a benign tumor on the trigeminal nerve, which controls facial muscles and sensations. The court ignored industry funded studies and declared them to be biased and preferred Prof. Lennart Hardel’s expert opinion.

Second Decision: Ivrea Court. March 30, 2017

The Court of Ivrea recognized a causal link between inappropriate use of a mobile phone and a brain tumor. Roberto Romeo, 57, used his mobile for three to four hours of each working day for 15 years. He was diagnosed in 2010. His Acoustic Nerve had to be removed.” A medical expert estimated the damage to Romeo at 23 per cent of his bodily function, prompting the judge to make a compensation award of 500 euros per month to be paid by INAIL, a national insurance program covering workplace accidents. Newsweek mistakenly reported this case as the first decision while it was already the second.

Third Decision: Florence Court: April 2017

The court ordered Inail (National Institute for Accident Insurance at Work) to compensate a salesperson who developed Acoustic Neuroma. A worker used the phone for 2-3 hours a day for 10 years. The experts opinion was that there is a high probability of connection between cell phone use and malignant tumors. The Court of Florence recognized the connection between the use of the cell phone and the onset of an acute nerve disease.


  • PRESS HERE for the Italian Court’s Decision
  • PRESS HERE for the article in Italy that reported the decision.
  • PRESS HERE to read more about Acoustic Neuroma and the connection to exposure to wireless radiation on Dr. Joel Moskowitz’s website –

Source – – Fifth court in Italy ruled cell phones cause cancer and determined it is an occupational disease

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Notre Conseil fédéral est-il bien informé concernant la 5G?, mai 2019

Suite à la décision de plusieurs cantons et communes de déclarer un moratoire sur la 5G, la presse nous informe que l’Office fédéral de la communication (OFCOM) a déclaré qu’il n’existe aucune base juridique permettant aux cantons et communes de protéger leurs populations du rayonnement de la téléphonie mobile. Cette déclaration s’inscrit dans la façon désastreuse dont se déroule le déploiement de la 5G. Nos sept Sages sont-ils suffisamment informés?

Bern BR Members 2019

C’est la question que se pose l’ARA. Le lundi 6 mai, les sept membres du Conseil fédéral ont reçu de la part du Comité de l’ARA un fascicule de 427 pages contenant des documents réglementaires et scientifiques. Dans la lettre d’accompagnement de 6 pages, nous lisons, dans le dernier paragraphe:

Dorénavant, par votre entremise, le gouvernement suisse et ses divers départements ne pourront plus prétendre publiquement qu’ils ne sont pas au courant des effets délétères des ondes électromagnétiques sur le Vivant. Ce document de 427 pages et sa lettre d’accompagnement ont été dûment déposés et enregistrés comme copies aux bons soins d’un notaire vaudois, en son Etude. Il a été distribué à qui de droit. Enfin, il pourra servir de base légale, ici en Suisse, dans la résolution de potentiels futurs litiges ou procès sanitaires et environnementaux. Dont acte.

Ce fascicule est arrivé le lundi 6 mai à 08h00 à la chancellerie fédérale. En bref l’Association Romande Alerte aux ondes électromagnétiques demande aux autorités cantonales et fédérales:

Les documents sont consultables en ligne :
« Tous des souris de labo »: lettre adressée au Conseil fédéral
« Documents réglementaires et scientifiques »; 427 pages adressées au Conseil fédéral

Source ARA Association Romande Alerte

Autres oppositions suisse

Appel aux dons – Daniel Obi

Appel aux dons (crowdfunding) pour une procédure ayant le caractère d’une décision fondamentale en matière de troubles du voisinage.

Daniel Obi est électrohypersensible (EHS); ce juriste est au chômage à cause de son EHS et il souffre également du WLAN de son voisin, qui ne veut pas réduire la performance de son WLAN partout ou l’éteindre la nuit.

Il a deux procès en cours :
1 – Droit du travail (licenciement abusif)
2 – Troubles du voisinage (élimination des emissions)

Les affaires judiciaires deviennent rapidement très coûteuses. La famille Obi n’est pas en mesure de supporter elle-même les coûts des deux procès. Daniel Obi finance lui-même le procès le moins coûteux devant le tribunal du travail.

Ces deux plaintes sont fondamentales et pourraient être déterminantes pour nous tous (en particulier pour les personnes électrosensibles parmi nous).

Un avocat mandaté par nous ( Dachverband Elektrosmog Schweiz und Liechtenstein ) a constaté que nos chances sont réelles. Bien sûr, on ne peut jamais prédire comment les procès vont se dérouler. Mais s’il n’y a jamais de plainte, aucune expérience ne pourra être acquise. Des affaires similaires qui ont été portées devant le Tribunal fédéral peuvent facilement coûter plus de CHF 25’000.

Comme il s’agit de deux procédures fondamentales, l’association faîtière « Electrosmog Suisse et Liechtenstein » recommande de soutenir financièrement la procédure de troubles du voisinage.

Pour plus de détails et d’informations, veuillez consulter le site Daniel-Obi

S’il y avait un excédent, il irait, en parts égales, à
• la « Coopérative de construction de logements pour les personnes électrosensibles » – Baugenossenschaft für electrosensible Menschen
• et à l’association faîtière « Electrosmog Suisse et Liechtenstein » – Dachverband Elektrosmog Schweiz und Liechtenstein. – Nachbarrecht

Au-dessus, la traduction française par Leon Warnier

Spendenaufruf (Crowdfunding) für ein Verfahren mit Grundsatzentscheid-Charakter zum Thema Nachbarrecht

Daniel Obi ist elektrohypersensibel (EHS). Der ausgebildete Jurist ist aufgrund seiner EHS arbeitslos geworden und er leidet auch unter dem WLAN seines Nachbarn, der die Leistung seines WLAN partout nicht reduzieren, respektive nachts nicht ausschalten will.

Er hat zwei Gerichtsfälle am Laufen:
1 – Arbeitsrecht (missbräuchliche Kündigung)
2 – Nachbarrecht (Beseitigung von Immissionen)

Gerichtsverfahren werden schnell sehr teuer. Familie Obi ist nicht in der Lage, die Kosten beider Prozesse selber zu tragen. Die Kosten des weniger aufwendigen Arbeitsgerichtsstreits finanziert Daniel Obi selber.

Beide Klagen haben Grundsatzcharakter und könnten wegweisend für uns alle (vor allem für die elektrosensiblen Personen ) unter uns sein.

Eine von uns ( Dachverband Elektrosmog Schweiz und Liechtenstein ) beauftragte Anwältin hat die bestehenden Akten als intakt befunden. Selbstverständlich kann man nie zum Voraus sagen, wie die Prozesse ausgehen werden. Aber wenn nie geklagt wird, können auch keine Erfahrungen gesammelt werden. Ähnlich gelagerte Fälle, die bis vor das Bundesgericht gezogen wurden, können gut und gerne 25‘000 Franken aufwärts kosten. Da es hier um zwei Prozesse mit Grundsatz-Charakter geht, empfiehlt der Dachverband Elektrosmog Schweiz und Liechtenstein, den Nachbarrechts-Prozess finanziell zu unterstützen.

Details und mehr Information finden sie auf der Webseite Daniel-Obi.

Falls es einen etwaigen Überschuss geben würde, ginge dieser zu gleichen Teilen an die Baugenossenschaft Wohnraum für elektrosensible Menschen und an den Dachverband Elektrosmog Schweiz und Liechtenstein.

Law Firm seeking those who have been harmed by WiFi

Premier Compensation Lawyers, based in New South Wales, Australia is now seeking potential clients who believe they have been adversely affected by WiFi. (EMR)

A following summary from their website

…If you believe that the effects of WiFi (EMR) have caused injury to yourself, your child/children or a friend, you are not alone. The increasingly wide spread use of WiFi (EMR) across business and government (especially in schools) is a move that goes against the rapidly mounting body of credible scientific evidence which makes increasingly clear that exposure to even low levels of WiFi (EMR) on an ongoing basis has a wide range of serious adverse health effects…

…In recent years it is well established that there are numerous adverse health effects of WiFi,(EMR) although not always immediate, many of which are cumulative and irreversible, and have most damaging effects on children….

…As from 2015, Lloyds of London, one of the world’s largest insurers, excluded as standard from its policies any EMR injury claims. They did so for good reason, and many insurers around the world have done the same. Even insurers see EMR as a significant claims risk.

Any business/government/school not covered by insurance for injury caused by EMR (including WiFi) may be liable for injuries it causes from EMR now and in the future…

…Emeritus Professor Anthony Miller, one of the world’s leading experts on cancer, dismisses telco industry and government claims that EMR cannot cause harm as “simply false” and the suggestion that there are no “established” health effects as “misleading”….

Source – Premier Compensation Lawyers in Australia

Additional informational sources

Telecom and Insurance Companies Warn of Liability and Risk
 » …. Cell Phones Wireless Companies Warn Shareholders About Future Financial Risks From Electromagnetic Radiation….  »

Risks, regulations and liability around exposing other people to wireless technology EMF radiation « ……The world is changing at a rapid pace. Not surprisingly then, there has been a rampant proliferation of home and business cordless transmission technology (e.g. mobile phone towers, smart meters, wi-fi cordless phones) that has vastly increased our exposure to radiation. Recent legal developments are causing the producers of this radiation overload to sit up and take notice, as the issue of costly liability and lawsuits is fast becoming a reality……. ».

Insurers exclude risks associated with electromagnetic radiation
 » …..It may take two more decades to know if electromagnetic radiofrequency energy is a significant liability issue for telecommunications companies, so, in the interim, insurers are treating the risk as cautiously as a downed power line after a storm…. »

Lloyds of London bails out of the cell phone health debate
“….The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionising radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage….. » and Listen to the « Radio Show on Lloyds EMF exclusion »

Collective Action Quebec  » ….Québec resident decided to initiate a class action suit against an array of manufacturers and large scale suppliers/users of wireless technology for exposing the population to a variety of wireless technologies despite the fact that there are growing concerns about the safety of such technologies for humans, fauna and flora…. ».

Brit dad sues Nokia for up to £1million claiming using his mobile phone caused his brain tumour « ….It is ultimately about justice for many people who have, akin to Neil, been victims of what some experts describe as the ‘smoking gun of the 21st century’…. ».

Premier Newsletter de l’Association Phonegate Alert

Newsletter de l’Association Phonegate : Retrouvez en un clic nos dernières actions et alertes et merci d’avance de la relayer auprès de vos amis et dans vos réseaux.

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«Handynutzer wurden wissentlich getäuscht»
Handyhersteller wiesen jahrelang zu tiefe Werte aus. Kritiker sprechen von einem Skandal.

Source – PhoneGate – Beobachter

von Andres Büchi
aktualisiert am 13. Februar 2019

 » Vorsichtige Handynutzer wissen: Bei der Anschaffung eines Mobiltelefons sollte man auf den SAR-Wert achten. Diese spezifische Absorptionsrate gibt in Watt pro Kilogramm an, wie stark ein elektromagnetisches Feld beim Nutzen des Handys maximal auf den Körper einwirkt.

Je geringer der Wert, desto weniger wird das Gewebe durch die Strahlung erwärmt. Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) hat zum Schutz der Gesundheit Grenzwerte festgelegt. Ein Handy darf bei maximaler Sendeleistung höchstens einen SAR-Wert von 2,0 W/kg erreichen.

Vor rund anderthalb Jahren veröffentlichte die französische Regierungsagentur Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR) nach juristischen Querelen selber gemessene Strahlungswerte Hunderter Handymodelle. Resultat: Neun von zehn Modellen, die seit 2012 getestet worden waren, überschritten die ausgewiesenen SAR-Werte teilweise deutlich » ……… Weiterlesen