Friday, September 1, 2006

911 is not 9-11 is not 9-1-1 is not ...

I recently witnessed something that caused me a bit of worry.  A friend was playing with her grandchild, I was visiting, and I noticed Diane (my friend) trying to show her granddaughter how to get help should it ever be needed.  Diane said, "Here, now all you need is to press the 9, then press 11.  That's it, nine eleven."  I wonder how many other little kids had the trouble this poor girl did trying to find the "11" on the keypad.  9-1-1.  When Diane told her, "Just hit the #1 twice" she proceeded to hit #2, explaining proudly to Diane that 1+1=2, so why not just hit #2?  Okay so there's no set rule, every kid is different.  I'm just thinking of all those scared but brave kids who somehow got through to 9-1-1. 

9 comments:

lurkynat said...

dear Kathy,
a good point! and then when someone answers teh phone, they must have the presence of mind and a large vocabulary to explain in finite details what has transpired or the police may not be coming out!
natalie

seraphoflove9001 said...

Yes....that really needs to be explained in the little girls own "level."
Lisa

mutualaide said...

And here's another little something to remember:  do not pre-program 9-1-1 into your phone.  Two reasons:  one, if your child is at another's home, they won't get through by using your pre-programmed number:  two, and this is good -- usually you dial three buttons for a pre-programmed number:  *01, or something like that.  What's the point?  And as we 911 dispatchers like to tell folks, 'pre-programming the phone for 9-1-1 usually results in lots of misdials.

Good point luddie!

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((LUDDIE))))))))))That is a scary thought,but,I hope they can now know what to do. :)

preciousone25 said...

Good thinking, you are so right!!  Hopefully, her granddaughter won't have to use it before the concept is clear to her.

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pippa1116 said...

well, sounds like one smart kid to me.  here 911 is for emergencies. 9-11 is when the really bad men flew the planes into the tall buildings.  pippa

daddyleer said...

phones and kids and technology ... beyond 9-1-1, I feel for all kids. I only had to learn 7 digits when I learned my home number as a child, and two of them were letters <grin>. Today every kid in most areas has to learn 10 digits, and with cell phones, etc your next door neighbor can have a different area code than you. ... It takes creativity for parents to teach numbers to little one.
Patrick

eternallife23 said...

I know, I have heard of this 911 as a joke. Some people looking for the 11 key. I think it is a wonderful idea to disconnect the head set of the phone and have the child practice without really calling the police. Just a thought.
*Louise*

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