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10 January 2019

United States: Oregon: Bills on Wi-Fi Safety for Kids:

WiFi Safety for Kids
Author Deb Mayerpaaoregon.org, 8 January 2019

During the summer of 2018 a small group of Oregonians coalesced around the idea that too much attention to cell phones, tablets, and laptops is having adverse effects on children. Concerns over an escalating incidence of eye ailments, headaches, ADHD, behavioral problems, and other health risks prompted them into action. After considerable research and consultation with experts and policy makers, the group drafted three bills addressing concerns around the unfettered use of wireless screen devices.

The legislative concepts center around three imperatives: (1) warning labels on wireless products, (2) screen time limits on wireless devices in classrooms, and (3) exposing and addressing the harmful health effects of WiFi radiation especially on children at school. These legislative concepts were introduced during the intersession and will be given a first reading in the 2019 Oregon legislative session as SB 291, SB282, and SB283. All three bills are sponsored by Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson. Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer signed on as chief sponsor in the House for the labeling and WiFi bills, Representative Tawna Sanchez is chief sponsor on limiting screen time in classrooms.

Read the text of each legislative concept, now a bill, by clicking on the links below -- above each summary:

SB 281/LC 1412 Warning labels on wireless products

Warnings are currently provided by product manufacturers. The problem is they are only available embedded deep within the phone and finding them presents such a challenge that most people don’t know they exist. SB 281 requires that manufacturers provide:

  • age recommendations,
  • warnings of possible health risks including addiction, microwave sickness, and dangers to specific children and pregnant women,
  • a consumer use manual,
  • consumer consultation on halth risks.

SB 281 also requires that manufacturers provide businesses, organizations, and schools with a warning that they may be held liable for health care costs of individuals required to use a digital product without their knowledge of the possible health risks and their consent to use it.

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