We're a nation divided when it comes to letting our toddlers use technology. Some think it's best to eschew this practice completely, while others are totally cool with giving their 2-year-old an iPhone, iPad, or iWhatever. We've all read the studies that claim that keeping kids away from gadgets is best, but ... what if letting your kid play with your iPhone could save your life? For one family, that actually happened.
Two-year-old Bentley Toone is kind of obsessed with FaceTime. He often takes his mother's iPhone and uses it to FaceTime with her friends. In fact, Bentley does this so often, that his mother, Laura, has advised some of her friends to ignore the call when they see it. But after Laura was badly bitten by a dog she was fostering, and desperately needed help, Bentley used his skills to FaceTime a friend and get his mother the care she desperately needed.
Laura was on a walk with her dogs and two daughters when her foster dog attacked the dog she owns. She tried to break it up, but was bit herself and began quickly losing blood. "I begged my daughters to call 911 and they're four and they were quite afraid to even touch the phone because it was covered in my own blood." When they got inside, Laura said she felt like she was close to passing out when Bentley came out of the kitchen, wiped the blood off the phone, and FaceTimed her friend, Connie Guerrero, to get help. Connie, who's ignored Bentely's calls before, for some reason felt that she needed to answer his call this time. "Something inside of me just told me that I needed to answer this FaceTime," Guerrero said. "All I could see was his little forehead and I said, 'Hi, Bentley,' and it was quiet for a little bit and then I hear Laura screaming." Guerrero called 911 and Laura is now fine. Phew!
If it weren't for Bentley's ability to use FaceTime, something really bad could have happened to his poor mother. Thank goodness he knew that it wasn't only for "fun." It's probably not a great idea to let our kids play with our phones and stare at iPads constantly, but it definitely doesn't hurt to familiarize them with them in the case that something bad happens. Laura says that all of her children now know how to dial 911, which is something every kid should know. And as a backup, might not hurt to teach them how to FaceTime!
Does your toddler know how to use an iPhone?
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