Cell Phone Safety Tips

  
     
  • Pre-program key contact numbers for parents or other responsible adults into your cell phone, both for home and work.
  • Program a contact number listed as ICE ("in case of emergency") into your phone book, so that police and other emergency personnel know who to call if you need help.
  • Know how to use "911" for emergencies from your cell phone.
  • Use the preprogrammed keys #2-9. Usually #1 is preset to dial voicemail; #2 for 911, #3 for home, etc.
  • Do not say your phone number, name or other personally identifiable information out loud in public.
  • DO NOT text or talk and drive! It is dangerous - and in many states, illegal. Ideally, pull over in a safe place, turn the car off, keep doors locked and then make the necessary call.
  • Use fun features on cell phones - like texting, downloading ringtones or instant messaging - in the appropriate time and place; practice cell phone etiquette, and always be aware of your surroundings while using the phone.
  • Do not use your cell phone in class at school.
  • Give your cell phone numbers only to people you know and trust, and never respond to text messages from an unknown or unrecognizable number.
  • Block suspicious or unwanted numbers from your cell phone.