Teaching Kids to Dial 911

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Teaching Kids to Dial 9112020-03-20T12:07:11-05:00

Dial 9-1-1 Worksheet


Teach kids to dial 9-1-1 worksheet activity.

What to Expect When You Dial 9-1-1

Tips for Teaching Kids Their Phone Number

  • Use our worksheet to have them write and practice dialing their phone number.
  • Put the worksheet on your fridge, or another place, where kids can quickly reference it at home.
  • Make up a song or rhyme to help them remember their phone number.
    • Example: 409-885-6753, that’s the number of my mommy!
  • Repeat this activity for other places where your child may frequently visit or stay:
    • Grandma’s house
    • Aunt or uncle’s house
    • Babysitter’s house

What to Teach Kids About Dialing 9-1-1

  • Make sure your child can say their first and last name, knows their phone number, and provide their address or location.
  • Explain the different emergency situations that might require your child to call 911.
    • Medical emergency
    • Car accident
    • Fire
    • Stranger danger
  • Ensure the child understands that 911 should only be called if there’s an actual emergency.
    • Never call as a joke or prank.
    • If a child accidentally calls 9-1-1, tell them they should stay on the line and make sure the dispatcher knows it was an accident.
  • Show your child the steps for calling 911 on the practice worksheet
    • If you have a security lock on your phone’s Home screen, teach your child how to unlock it.
    • Use the Phone Simulator provided by Verizon for help practicing, too.
    • Have your child practice this repeatedly over several days.
  • Don’t use old mobile phones for practice.
    • Teach your child that old phones, even those not active with a wireless provider, can still call 9-1-1.