THE internet is a fundamental part of 21st century life and modern children grow up connected to the World Wide Web, but at what cost?
While learning to make the most of digital technology has become an essential part of the education process, a concerned parent is worried WiFi hotpots in South Burnett schools could be exposing children to harmful radiation fields.
One of the parent's biggest concerns was there was no knowing whether or not the reasonably new technology would cause long-term negative affects to the children who sit within the WiFi radiation fields during school hours.
"WiFi, as we know, is being rolled out in our public spaces and it produces microwave radiation fields, which can extend up to 500 metres," the concerned parent said.
"Currently, in almost all schools, WiFi is being used and this means radiation fields are constantly active in school grounds.
"Does radiation play a part in a healthy learning environment?"
The concerned parent was also upset WiFi connectivity was being chosen ahead of cabling options because of convenience and parents had no say in the matter.
"It is a case of inconvenience versus exposing a child to the radiation and parents are not being made aware the radiation fields exist in schools," the concerned parent said.
"We need to know whether WiFi is being used in a school, what it means for our children and parents need to be part of the decision making process."
The concerned parent wanted to know if authorities were able to guarantee in writing a child would not be in any way adversely or negatively affected by WiFi radiation exposure while at school.
According to Queensland Health Environmental Health Branch acting senior director Simon Critchley WiFi hotspots were safe.
"There are no adverse effects likely from the use of WiFi technology," he said.
"Many telephones and portable computing devices use WiFi technology.
"WiFi is now used in many homes, on trains and in many libraries, shopping centres and restaurants.
"The use of WiFi technology in schools is merely an extension of this usage and is similar to use in most populated places across the State."