Kids’ Personal Information: 8 old school facts parents must continue to teach kids

Dr. Momma discusses kids' personal information and highly recommends parents require this information to be memorized instead relying on electronic devices.

Keeping kids’ personal information protected remains an important task for parents. This task has become harder over the years due to younger kids gaining access to the internet and perhaps sharing information inappropriately. Sadly, much of the information children share online is already stored on their devices, and they do not actually have the data memorized.

In this digital age, I believe many old school safety facts are no longer drilled into our children’s memory banks.  Young kids tend to rely more heavily on data that is stored on devices rather than in their brains! In the good old days, when smartphones, tablets and Google search engines were not the norms, kids had to actually memorize facts that could potentially save their lives.

In my private pediatric ENT practice, I enjoy asking my patients questions. I understand that parents have things to address with me, but the answers children give may be different. It is extremely beneficial for parents and kids both to report their concerns during a specialist doctor visit.


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Over the years, I began to realize that many children rely almost exclusively on technology for information and do not attempt to memorize some vital information. When asked for these facts, kids will either ask parents to respond for them or quickly refer to their phone, which is held ever so snuggly in their hand!

WiFi seems to be everywhere; consequently, there is a high probability that your child will be able to access their stored data. However, what if they cannot because of a lost or uncharged phone? What if they are in a situation where they need to call for help or direct someone to contact family members on their behalf, but stored data is not accessible?

For those of you who have continued to require your children to recite safety information, kudos to you! For everyone else, please begin teaching your kids basic important safety facts. And then periodically ask them to recite these facts to you. This process ensures your kids’ personal information will be able to be given to other adults in case of an emergency. Just like back in the good old days!

8 kids’ personal information facts that all children should continue to memorize:

1. Mom and Dad’s full names

Many parents do not share the same last name or use a nickname for their first name. Children should know their parents’ legal names.

2. Home address

Our society is very mobile and changing addresses occurs frequently. Each move should be accompanied by learning, memorizing and reciting the new home address.

3. Home phone number

The trend to ditch home phones has continued to grow; however, if a home phone exists, that number should be memorized. This line remains a constant dependable number that does not rely upon remembering to charge it!

4. Mom’s phone number

This number is typically remembered the best as it is shared during play dates and used for coordination of activities. I notice kids tend to play on mom’s cell phone in my office much more frequently than dad’s.

While playing on the phone, kids sometimes get a sudden urge to call grandmom and push the speed dial. BAM! Hello, grandmom. No idea what her number is. Just saying.

5. Dad’s phone number

Every phone number a child memorizes increases the speed of being able to reach a family member in an emergency.

6. Mom and/or Dad’s work number

Many parents who work outside of the home may need to store their phones away during work hours. A business phone may be the best way to reach them if parents are in a meeting or unable to reach their cell phones.

My cell phone sits on my desk while I see patients. My daughters learned to call my office if they needed to reach me more urgently. To be honest, many times the need was not actually urgent, but that’s another story! They knew where I was and how to reach me. Do your kids?

7. Place Mom and /or Dad works

Hopefully, no one would ever need to physically get to you, but have you ever heard of Murphy’s Law? Well, it’s real. At my office, there have been power outages due to nearby construction. What if there was an emergency with my kids? Knowing where my workplace is could be an additional means of communication.

8. BONUS POINTS: Work address for Mom and/or Dad

Usually simply stating the name of the workplace in a specific city is more than enough to find your office, but an address? That’s gold.

I realize this list seems extremely simple; however, many children know which phone key has saved phone numbers for family members. They rarely type out the numbers and struggle to recite these vital facts. In my office, when kids get the facts wrong, they often shrug and say they were close. Close will not allow anyone to emergently contact your family. Kids’ personal information should be learned by all children. Technology is a beautiful thing, but it must not replace our brains.

Dr. Momma discusses kids' personal information and highly recommends parents require this information to be memorized instead relying on electronic devices

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Tanvi Rastogi

My mom would be glad that she covered all these grounds with us when we were kids. Your posts are so helpful and informative for parents.


Ali Rost

It’s so true about a consequence of our digital age. The other day someone asked what my husband’s cell number was and sadly it wasn’t right on the tip of my tongue. When I was a kid I could recite all of my parent’s information without batting an eye. x


We have a little 4 year old and we have been working on teaching him some of these things lately. I started with teaching him his full name and then with mine and his dads. Some one suggested we also teach him about 911 and what to do in case of a break in which hide and remain quit was suggested. So scary to think but better to be prepared.


That information is so important for kids to know. I teach my
son those things so if he’s ever in trouble he’ll know how to find me.


Yes! I have 5 kids, ages 1-10 and they all know the info you mentioned above…except for Dads work number. I should probably teach them that one too, incase they can’t get him on his cell. Great reminder!

Sue Tanya McHorgh

I strongly agree that kids should memorize parents full name, home address and number. Anything can happen and you may not have a phone or laptop near by.This post is very informative for parents.

Chei Pangan

I also did this to my son and now i am teaching this to my 3 yrs old daughter. Thanks for sharing this.


I have a 9year old, who luckily by now knows all our and her details. It is alarming how many of her friends don’t know enough information. I find it scary. Now we are starting to teach our 2year old.

Katrina Sumilang

This list made me very nostalgic for simpler times. This is definitely something I am going to instill to my little guy when he goes to school.


I agree with what you are saying. I do not have kids but I see how kids act and they way they are.

Victoria Stacey

These are all really important! I’m pretty sure I had these memorized when I was a kid. Also what my brothers’ teacher’s names and grades were.


These are also facts that all adults should continue to memorize. My memory is great with numbers but address’s always slip my mind. I could tell you my mothers number from 10 years ago however haha. Thanks for a great read. loved it

Terri Beavers

It is so important that kids know everything possible about their personal info and parents personal info. I’m going to print out your list and make sure my grand kids know everything they need to.

Ana Ojha

I totally agree with you that all kids should learn their personal information! Like you said, technology can’t replace our brains!

Chichi Uguru

Thanks so much for this reminder. Indeed it has become an emergency to implement these tips above at the rate at which technology is going. We really need to make a conscious effort to get our kiddos to memorize the important things needed in a state of emergency.

Nicole Flint

This information is so helpful for children to learn. Especially for their safety!

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