Originally Posted by GB
I read stories like that all the time. I know my daughter learned about 911 and how to use it last year when she was 4. I hope she never had to put it into practice.
I found it interesting that they point out that when teaching kids 911 it is important to say nine one one and not nine eleven because a child might look for the eleven button.
When our grandson Thomas (now almost 16 months) was 12 or 13 months old he got ahold of Nancy's phone while she was in the middle of cleaning, toddler-proofing, and rearranging the living room furniture. It was a horrible mess. All of the sudden, the police showed up at the door. Thomas had managed to dial 911! She did not want to let them in with it being such a mess, but of course she did. She was so embarrassed!
I agree that it is important to teach kids how to call for help. I hear stories on the news all the time about kids who called 911 when a parent went into diabetic stress, and similar things. One thing many parents don't think is important these days is to teach their kids their address and phone number. I had 4th grade students who didn't know their address, and some didn't even know their parents' first names!