It's the time of the year for gift giving suggestions, and while we don't do a gift guide, it did catch our eye that an education professor is suggesting that you can give your old, obsolete mobile phones to toddlers as holiday presents. Not only does it keep the phone out of a landfill somewhere, it introduces kids to the basics of the technology. A couple I know even insists that their toddler's favorite toy is his father's mobile phone, because of all the flashing lights and beeps it makes. However, the real reason the story got our attention was that just a few hours before, we had seen a different article about how a little kid playing with a deactivated mobile phone kept calling 911 baffling police and wasting resources for hours as they tried to track down the caller to make sure nothing was wrong. Carriers are required to provide 911 service on phones, even if they have no official phone service. So, if you must give toddlers old phones, perhaps figure out someway to block them from calling 911 first.
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