Now Jill Stein Thinks Wi-Fi Might Be Hurting Kids

Illustration by Alex Cranz
Illustration by Alex Cranz

Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President, has already said there are “real questions” about whether vaccines cause autism in children. Now a video has surfaced where Stein says that wi-fi in schools might be harming kids.

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Stein is really turning out to be the anti-science candidate in this election. And it’s a competitive field, since Trump denies climate change!

We’ve transcribed the portion of the video where they discuss wi-fi and computer screens below. The video appears to date from March of 2016.

Person from crowd: My school district is rapidly moving towards one-to-one computers. Can you speak to the health issues? [inaudible with clapping]

Jill Stein: Wonderful, health issues... social issues... you name it. But to be staring at screens... we already know that kids who get put in front of TVs instead of interacting, this is not good in all kinds of ways. And it’s just not good for their cognitive, it’s not good for their social development, I mean, that is incredible that kids in kindergarten... We should be moving away from screens at all levels of education, not moving into them.

And this is another corporate ruse. This is another gimmick to try to make a buck. To make big bucks in fact. And education, and teachers, and communities suffer. So we need to stand up to that.

Person from crowd: What about the wireless?

Jill Stein: We should not be subjecting kids’ brains especially to that. And we don’t follow that issue in this country, but in Europe where they do, they have good precautions around wireless—maybe not good enough, because it’s very hard to study this stuff. We make guinea pigs out of whole populations and then we discover how many die. And this is like the paradigm for how public health works in this country and it’s outrageous, you know.

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To be clear, wi-fi has not been shown to harm humans in any way. Jill Stein is not the protest vote you’re looking for.

[Hattip to Jason Emory Parker on Twitter]

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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DISCUSSION

Fun fact: ionizing radiation means the photons have enough energy to knock electrons off of atoms (ionization). This is necessary to make any chemical change, including biochemical. The lowest energy photon that can ionize an atom is ultraviolet light; that’s why it can cause skin cancer. Wifi is so far down the energy scale that it’s not even remotely in the same league; it is non-ionizing radiation, incapable of making chemical changes.

The worst that wifi could do is heat tissue, but the power levels are so low that this effect is undetectable. Wifi transmitter power is limited to 1/10 watt, about 1/4 the power of a single christmas tree mini-light, but spread out over your entire house.

NB: the frequency scale on this chart is logarithmic. Most wifi frequencies are near those used by microwave ovens.