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Old 07-19-2012, 09:40 AM   #11
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Re: Does your child know how to dial 911?

Yes, they all can. We taught them around 3.5 years old. I don't know that at 3.5 they'd say anything, but 911 will call back or respond if it's dialed I am pretty sure, so we went with that then.

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Old 07-19-2012, 12:06 PM   #12
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Re: Does your child know how to dial 911?

We taught that around age 4. They both know 911=police, fire, ambulance. But I'm not sure they'd be aware enough to see mommy unconscious and think to call 911. Or realize I'm not just sleeping, or whatever. But if I said, 'call the police' I think they'd know what to do.
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My son is 4.5 and a whizz at using the phone to play, watch movies, take pics, etc. Just this past week I realized it might be good to know how to use the phone. He doesn't know any of his numbers yet, but I taught him how to call someone in my Favorites on my iPhone. My favorites are my hubby and parents, so if I was in trouble he could call one of them and have them call 911. I guess we better start working harder on numbers and names and our address!

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #14
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Re: Does your child know how to dial 911?

I actually just started talking to my oldest, who is 4, about this yesterday. I'm 38 weeks w/ #3; and have this fear of tripping and falling down the stairs! I have no doubt he could do it, it's just making sure he can always reach the home phone, and knows what is an emergency. I'll go over it some more in the next week, to get it in his memory.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:12 PM   #15
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Re: Does your child know how to dial 911?

My kids don't know how to call 911. We do not have a home phone only cell phones. Dh takes his with him to work and mine is usually missing. I also have a lockout code on my phone to prevent the kids from using it without asking. the phone does have an emergency bypass for dialing 911 though.
I was just thinking that it is time for the kids to learn our address i will copy the pp and post a sign on the wall. Especially since the billing address for my phone is 3 hours away and no one currently lives there.


PS When I was very little I got in lots of trouble for calling 911 too often. Probably why I have delayed teaching my kids.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:44 PM   #16
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My 4 year old could. Has, actually. He has accidentally called twice. I am reluctant to teach him about 911 because his idea of an emergency is running out of Peanut Butter and he can make it sound like a horrible murder...
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:47 PM   #17
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Re: Does your child know how to dial 911?

ugh don't get me started. I have a phone that locks which means no calls should go through right? WRONG. If you press ANY buttons it goes to 911 and I've had my toddlers accidentally call them NUMEROUS times. Its a feature of the phone and it wont change. So as soon as the keypad is locked any key is the SOS key. I see how that could be a good feature but honestly its too easy to trip it.

I've had my local police department keep calling me to make sure I'm not in trouble and so far they've been pretty good about forgiving our frequent calls otherwise I would be in debt paying fines. Now they just ignore calls from my number and that's pretty scary if I ever need their services. I can't wait to change phones but right now its not an option. I just have to make sure the phone is far away from toddler hands.
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I taught my son when he was little. I had a neighbor growing up who called 911 after his father passed out from a heart attack. His mom was out of town. He was 8. He saved his dad's life! He stayed with us that night till his mom could fly home. I was a teenager at the time and I decided then that teaching a child 911 was important!
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