And this is precisely why we shouldn't teach our children that the Internet is about as essential as breathable air.
Over the Christmas holiday, the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live networks suffered outages due to DDoS attacks. Currently, the FBI is investigating hacker group Lizard Squad.
Gamers were none too happy but it's unlikely that any would deem the situation an "emergency." One kid did, though: According to a WPTV report , a teenager in Palm Beach County called 911 about the incident and asked, "I was wondering, do you guys know anything about that?"
The dispatcher told the caller to check with Sony and Microsoft and authorities simply replied:
"Last time I checked, that wasn't an emergency. Try going outside or read a book."
Two things kids don't really do anymore, and two of the biggest reasons why we're going down the tubes.