No Landline? Teach Kids To Dial 911 From a Cellphone
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about 70 percent of 911 calls are placed from mobile phones each year and the number only continues to grow. This is different from years ago when most calls were placed from a landline.
Steps to dial 911 on a smartphone compared to a landline:
- The child must locate the phone
- Once the phone is found the child might have to unlock it or wake the phone
- Next the child must find the keypad, which may not be up on the screen
- Once finding the keypad and dialing 911 they still need to press call or send
That being said, it's very important to teach your child how to dial 911 on your mobile phone especially if you do not have a landline. If you do not have a landline it's important to keep the mobile phone in the house where the child knows where it is. A great example would be on a charging station in the kitchen. Make sure if you child is ever home alone to leave a cell phone at this station as well.
Practice will help your child in the future!
Walk through the steps with your child on how to dial 911 on your mobile phone and do this more than once while explaining to the child examples of when they may need to call 911. Examples could include: someone in the home fell and isn't waking up or an adult that was with them became injured. Keep in mind when working with your child it is important to teach them during a fire their first priority always is to get out and go to your family meeting spot or a neighbor's house to call 911. Children should not be trying to find a cellphone first and then evacuating during a fire.
The more you practice the easier it will be for your child to recall those steps in an emergency situation! Make sure to explain to your child where the send button is for placing the call, but not to push send while practicing.
Smartphone Apps to help teach children to dial 911:
Apps such as DialSafe Pro and Teach 911 are available to teach your children how to use your iPhone to dial 911 in the event of an emergency.
Verizon Wireless offers an interactive simulator to teach children how to dial 911 from an Android and other smartphones. Click on your smartphone to start the simulation, then the phone calls tab and lastly the teaching children how to dial 911 tab to use the simulator for practice.