My phone (a BlackBerry Pearl) is often locked--to avoid the dreaded "butt dialing" and "toddler calling Tokyo" scenarios! If the track ball is pushed when the keyboard is locked, a message shows up:
Device is locked
Any of those three options can be selected. If "Emergency Call" is selected, another message appears:
Are you sure you
want to make an
want to make an
So I think the kids (one or the other or both) messed around with the phone and managed to select "Emergency Call" and then "Yes." Apparently this automatically dials 9-1-1.
They don't even know what 9-1-1 is, and I didn't make a big deal of the mishap, since I knew it was completely unintentional (as opposed to an older child calling 9-1-1 for the thrill of it, which would be dealt with very seriously in our house!)
But this has got me to thinking...is it time to teach Chickie to use the phone, and to teach her about dialing 9-1-1? She knows her numbers, and if something ever happened to Mommy, I'd sure want her to be able to call for help. I'd love to hear your opinions on the right age to teach a child to make an emergency call.
And speaking of emergency calls, we had our fourth kid-related call to Poison Control yesterday. (It was the first time I was calling on Zoodle's behalf--another unfortunate milestone!)
While I was in the bathroom getting ready, Zoodle took the opportunity to get into the kids' chewable vitamins. The bottle has a child-proof lid, but Mommy probably didn't screw it tight enough. I don't know how many he ate; I just know that it is possible to "overdose" on certain vitamins, so I figured a call to the Poison Control hotline (1-800-222-1222) was warranted.
I was just instructed to feed him and give him a drink, and I was told he might get an upset stomach and diarrhea. As I'm writing this, it's been a few hours, and he seems okay...knock on wood!
As weird as this may sound, I've always had fantastic experiences with Poison Control. Chickie, being the most orally-fixated kid ever born, managed to eat a few non-ingestible substances when she was younger (despite my sincere efforts to keep harmful stuff out of reach!) Poison Control operators have always been calm, polite, and helpful; and they always call back a little later to make sure everything is okay.
None of us is perfectly aware of our kids' actions at every moment, so I'm very glad we've got Poison Control and 9-1-1 available when we need them!