Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Phone Skills for Kids

Phone skills are a must for every child over 3. 

Every 3-year-old should know how to dial 911 in an emergency.  If the worst thing happens and a caregiver needs help, kids are sometimes the first—and only—responders.

When to call 911?  What to say?   How to unlock a phone?  What’s the difference between end and send?  Quick—what’s your home phone?  Your kid needs to know.

Let’s move along to conversation skills.  What conversation skills?  They’re drowned out by the silent roar of Candy Crush and texting.  I know, speaking and listening are common core skills.  But more importantly, they’re truly golden in a networking world.
That’s why I created a phone kit, to teach kids about phone basics: symbols, emergencies, etiquette, and conversation starters.  The pièce de résistance is a template for a 3D phone craft, so kids can make a dream phone for fun and inspiration.  

Kids never tire of talking on the phone, whether it’s real or fake.  So by all means, let’s give them the cutest little fake phone south of Santa...and teach them how to talk with purpose.

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