91% of children do not know how to call the emergency number and this is a problem
In 2018, a 7-year-old girl saved the life of her little sister, who had fallen into the pool at home, by calling for help and describing the situation calmly but quickly. In 2019, a 9-year-old boy did the same with his diabetic grandfather, who had a hypoglycemic emergency. These are some success stories. What happens in general?
A 2021 study conducted by the Academy of Pediatrics found that 91% of school-age children are unable to use their cell phones or family members to call an emergency number or report a dangerous situation.
To achieve this data, the study simulated the drowning of an adult in order to be able to document whether the children were able to call for help and communicate effectively with the emergency, but the results were anything but positive.
One of the obvious and difficult barriers to using smartphones is that they are often locked with a password or, in any case, are complex for young children to turn on and use. Even those who are fully capable of using it to play games, access YouTube, they also can't make calls.
The researchers noted that there is not enough, even practical, training in schools to teach children to deal with these dangerous situations. Moreover, the results may be even more alarming, since the study was conducted with participants from a certain social background, with annual incomes above the United States average, and with parents who, for the most part, had completed university studies. .