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  Reply # 655098 13-Jul-2012 14:40 Send private message

Call the parents back at 1am. Pretend to be a baby.

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  Reply # 655117 13-Jul-2012 14:59 Send private message

reven: 
tehnofreak stop being a douche.  theyre kids, they do get up to mischief.  im sure you did things when you were younger your parents didnt know about.

if a parent has to run to the bathroom, should they lock their 2 year old in their room?  

as a parent you keep all the dangerous stuff out of reach, but you dont go to extremes and hide everything away, if you did you wouldnt have anything in your house.

you need to leave stuff out so you can teach them, this is not a toy, you need to respect this.  at 2 this is difficult to do, and they dont know until they play/explore.  

sure if the same kid is doing it over and over the parent should teach them not to.  but if they do it once, meh theyre exploring/learning no harm done. 

disclaimer: i have a 3 year old, who my dad looks after on fridays (hes a preschool mon to tuesday) when he was 2 he called 111 on one such friday.  he's never done that since, and doesnt play with phones anymore.  we have lots of phones everywhere, lots of remotes, lots of tech etc, he doesnt really play with that stuff, mostly he just pulls out the couch cushion to jump on them or play with his thomas toys.  i.e. hes learnt to leave that stuff alone, but he did so by first trying. 

gez theyre kids.


Reven,

I agree with you, kids get up to all sorts of mischief and it's not possible to stop kids doing things they shouldn't and yes they need to explore to learn.  My point was there seems to be acceptable by some people that it's quite OK for children to be allowed to keep on making a nuisance of themselves.

You're right when you say if the do it once, no harm done.  Your last paragraph sums it up nicely as to how it should happen.




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  Reply # 655125 13-Jul-2012 15:12 Send private message

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  Reply # 655127 13-Jul-2012 15:13 Send private message

Oops, sorry, my baby accidentally sucked on my keyboard!

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  Reply # 655135 13-Jul-2012 15:25 Send private message

geek4me: Oops, sorry, my baby accidentally sucked on my keyboard!


That perfectly OK - let 'im get on with it. If enough babies sucked on keyboards long enough, eventually they would suck out the complete works of William Shakespeare.

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  Reply # 655138 13-Jul-2012 15:45 Send private message

Lol would that 0900 redirect actually work? Could just imagine the flood of Nigerian applications for VOIP numbers if so lol.





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  Reply # 655143 13-Jul-2012 15:55 Send private message

toprob: As a soon-to-be grandad, I get a kick out of contemplating all those folk who think they can transfer their clever organisational and time-management skills to raising a family. To answer the original question, most parents would have let the baby play with the phone at some stage, whereas funnily enough not a lot would let them play with the drano.

If you can't imagine the time when you'll hand the closest object to the baby just to grab five minutes to yourself, then you are not yet a parent, and have a real treat to look forward to. I wish I could do it all over again...


As someone who doesn't currently have or intend to have children I will openly admit to being one of these ignoramuses that you speak of, but that doesn't change the fact that you are ultimately responsible for any damage, disturbance or intrusion caused by your children. The unapologetic "not my problem" attitude of the parents in this thread is deeply worrying.

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  Reply # 655148 13-Jul-2012 16:10 Send private message

of course all the perfect parents here would never let their children do anything like this.




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  Reply # 655159 13-Jul-2012 16:20 Send private message

alasta:
As someone who doesn't currently have or intend to have children I will openly admit to being one of these ignoramuses that you speak of, but that doesn't change the fact that you are ultimately responsible for any damage, disturbance or intrusion caused by your children. The unapologetic "not my problem" attitude of the parents in this thread is deeply worrying.


Yes, you are right, but what I'm trying to say is that you can't prevent a lot of things your kids get up to, it's a learning experience, and parents are always going to be two steps behind, especially with their first child. Being a parent in this situation means finally understanding the meaning of some things -- like the word 'apoplexy'. The things a two-year-old can manage to get into can boggle your mind.

A parent who had finally got a moment's peace by showing the baby the fun noises the phone buttons make is not going to be too bothered by the fairness of it all, but that's life.

But I think the attitude you are seeing here has more to do with the severity of the crime -- I don't ever remember having a baby call me, but I can't count the number of calls in a week from telemarketers who think it is appropriate to ring me, when obviously it isn't.

Of course things have changed since I had young children, the phone was big and ugly and lived on a table, we didn't have devices all over the place, in fact we didn't even have a TV until the kids were a lot older. Maybe I wouldn't want to have to do it over again, after all.


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  Reply # 655171 13-Jul-2012 16:36 Send private message

toprob:
alasta:
As someone who doesn't currently have or intend to have children I will openly admit to being one of these ignoramuses that you speak of, but that doesn't change the fact that you are ultimately responsible for any damage, disturbance or intrusion caused by your children. The unapologetic "not my problem" attitude of the parents in this thread is deeply worrying.


Yes, you are right, but what I'm trying to say is that you can't prevent a lot of things your kids get up to, it's a learning experience, and parents are always going to be two steps behind, especially with their first child. Being a parent in this situation means finally understanding the meaning of some things -- like the word 'apoplexy'. The things a two-year-old can manage to get into can boggle your mind.

A parent who had finally got a moment's peace by showing the baby the fun noises the phone buttons make is not going to be too bothered by the fairness of it all, but that's life.

But I think the attitude you are seeing here has more to do with the severity of the crime -- I don't ever remember having a baby call me, but I can't count the number of calls in a week from telemarketers who think it is appropriate to ring me, when obviously it isn't.

Of course things have changed since I had young children, the phone was big and ugly and lived on a table, we didn't have devices all over the place, in fact we didn't even have a TV until the kids were a lot older. Maybe I wouldn't want to have to do it over again, after all.



QFT.

Of course I'm totally responsible for my daughter, her actions and consequences. The point that I and most of he parents here are making is that in the real world kids do stuff. This isn't malicious, dangerous or actually all that big a deal. If/when my daughter calls some one we'll be a bit embarrassed but I sure am not going to loose anymore sleep over it than I would if I pocket dialled someone. If that is deeply worrying your world must be a deeply disturbing place.

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  Reply # 655212 13-Jul-2012 18:50 Send private message

The two streams of thought here are genuinely fascinating. I'm older, have had kids and although I understand what the 'parent group' are saying, I don't think we ever let the kids play with the phone. It's like people who let their kids play with the car keys - because they jingle. Wouldn't do that either. Guess I'm an old sour-puss.

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  Reply # 655228 13-Jul-2012 20:19 Send private message

The age old saying "If you've never had kids, you don't understand" is incredibly cliché, but it's just so true. And the best bit, is that it winds up non-parents, precisely due to its content.... they don't understand.

I also especially like all the advice from the obvious non-parents.

I'm a comparatively new parent (16 months), and the one thing I've learnt is that you just don't sweat stuff like this, which is I think why the non-parents are getting so upset about the parents not seeming to care. The fact is they do, but this is just not that important, and as pointed out, you need to let the kids access things so they can learn.

Metal pokey things and the chemical cupboard are a special case - those are attended to very quickly, but honestly, the phone? meh. This'll give some of you hives - my boy recently was let loose on the wife's smartphone. took him about 3-4 minutes to work out how to unlock it. (then it was taken off him...)




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  Reply # 655236 13-Jul-2012 20:28 Send private message

Zeon: Lol would that 0900 redirect actually work? Could just imagine the flood of Nigerian applications for VOIP numbers if so lol.


No I dont think it would. The cost of the call would go to the one that initiated it which in this case would be the one receiving the call not the baby. I have a voip system here myself and it has many features that would be handy to have like a pin number to make all calls and various other types of calls like cellphones and overseas calls only etc. If all systems had that then that would cut a lot of nuisance calls from babies. I see the OP has a voip system he might like to check if he has a portal to log into and see if he has the ability to block numbers calling his number and each time a baby rings add that number to the list. Oops I see kiwiharry has beat me to the blacklist idea.

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  Reply # 655256 13-Jul-2012 21:18 Send private message

kfella2000:
Zeon: Lol would that 0900 redirect actually work? Could just imagine the flood of Nigerian applications for VOIP numbers if so lol.


No I dont think it would. The cost of the call would go to the one that initiated it which in this case would be the one receiving the call not the baby. I have a voip system here myself and it has many features that would be handy to have like a pin number to make all calls and various other types of calls like cellphones and overseas calls only etc. If all systems had that then that would cut a lot of nuisance calls from babies. I see the OP has a voip system he might like to check if he has a portal to log into and see if he has the ability to block numbers calling his number and each time a baby rings add that number to the list. Oops I see kiwiharry has beat me to the blacklist idea.


If the line was on a customer link it would work just fine. $20/min sounds great!

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  Reply # 655284 13-Jul-2012 22:14 Send private message

As soon as we had a toddler we figured out how to lock the phones (hold down the menu button).
Unfortunately we don't always remember too but luckily the beeping noise the phone makes when being dialled has saved us thus far.
Pretty funny consequence of getting such a 'cool' number! I'd always thought it would be frustrating trying to tell someone your phone number over the phone though - "was that six, six, six six, six, six? six sixes? oh five, six? no five sixes?"

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