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Child using phone for emergencies

post #1 of 7
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Soon this will be a moot point because my son will know how to use my iPhone, but until then I'm worrying...

 

We had an incident recently where my son and I were home alone for a few days, and we both ended up with fevers and really sick. One night I passed out, and that started me thinking. What would he do if I was incapacitated and couldn't phone for help myself?  

 

Although we have wonderful neighbors, I lock the doors at night and my 5-yr old son has a tough time opening the locks. So, assuming he is trapped inside the house, he would need to call for help.

 

We don't have a landline. Both my husband and I each have a cell phone. I know that's more and more common these days, so I'm wondering what parents do when they don't want to pay the $20-$30 extra per month for a landline. 

 

So far I've thought of getting my son a prepaid cell phone, but from what I've seen, those too come with a monthly fee/charge more often then not (which is what I'm trying to avoid). 

 

What else is there?

post #2 of 7

Can you set up your phone to automatic dial through a voice command? Have a pre set number with his voice recorded for the voice recognition...?

I don't know...We kept a landline for this very reason. I'm not sure I could even use an iphone!

 

Hope someone can help soon...

post #3 of 7
Have you tried your child on the iPhone. My 3yr old can do a lot with apple stuff. If she could only talk, she could call

Rumor has it that a basic phone plugged into a wall can still dil 911. Anyone know if this is true.
post #4 of 7

iPhone is so easy! Unlock, hit the green phone button, dial a number.  My two year old knows how to call people on it!  She can also Facetime people, which is dangerous if say you are walking out of the shower naked and unsuspecting...

post #5 of 7

I'd just teach him to dial 9-1-1 on your iPhone. I had to teach a kid to do that after I passed out with a particularly bad migraine headache and realized she'd been unsupervised for a period of time. I taught her how to call her dad and how to dial 9-1-1.

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Originally Posted by chel View Post

Have you tried your child on the iPhone. My 3yr old can do a lot with apple stuff. If she could only talk, she could call

Rumor has it that a basic phone plugged into a wall can still dil 911. Anyone know if this is true.

This is true in Toronto where I live. Definitely look into it in your area.
post #7 of 7

Check on the landline 911 option. 

 

If that doesn't work in your area, get a prepaid phone (such as a trackphone) or even just a used cell phone from Craigslist and leave it plugged in so the battery doesn't die.

 

You can ALWAYS call 911 from a cell phone, even if it's not currently under a service plan or not paid up with the prepaid service. You don't have to pay a monthly service charge to be able to dial 911.

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