Teaching Children about using 9-1-1
As parents and teachers, we all want to do all we can to keep our children safe. Part of that task is educating them on how to respond when they see or find themselves in dangerous situations. One of the best ways to do that is to teach them how to call for help using the 9-1-1 system.
Virginia Beach Emergency Communications and Citizen Services offers several tools that you can use when teaching children how to call 9-1-1.
Cell Phone Sally
Cell Phone Sally is an animated character who is featured in the new video, “9-1-1: Getting Help Is Easy.” This video is available on the Cell Phone Sally page
of this site, and from links on this page and the associated For Kids
In the video Sally and her friends teach children how to call 9-1-1 using the various types of telephones available today, how to talk to 9-1-1 operators, and when one should or should not call 9-1-1.
The City of Virginia Beach has also invested in a Cell Phone Sally character costume for appearances at special events such as parades, public meetings, or fairs that your organization may be planning. If you would like to have Cell Phone Sally make an appearance at your event, please email her at CellPhoneSally@VBgov.com , or fill out the form found here.
Someone from Emergency Communications and Citizen Services will contact you promptly to work out details of Cell Phone Sally’s visit. Please give at least two weeks' advance notice of desired appearance dates.
Worksheets & Games
Several public safety organizations around the country have made worksheets and games available to assist in cementing in children’s minds what they have learned about calling 9-1-1. Some worksheets, including sheets to reinforce the Cell Phone Sally video, can be found in the document lists to the right of this page, the For Kids page, and the Cell Phone Sally page. Other suggested materials can be accessed via the lists of links on the same pages, below the documents.