I have two teenagers who I gave cell phones to when they were in middle school.
Taking Away Cell Phone Privileges Is a Common Punishment
Well, it's finally happened. As a parent, you have decided that the most effective punishment for poor grades, bad behavior, a rotten attitude, lying, cheating, or whatever is to take away your child's cell phone. In addition to grounding, taking away your child's phone for a specified period of time is a fairly common punishment. After all, you figuratively want to hit them where it hurts.
Your kid might beg for another punishment to no avail, and they might proceed to sulk in their room for the next few days—or so you think. If you're not tech-savvy, then you may not realize that your child has found a way to get around your punishment. You see, your kids are inseparable from their phones, just like peanut butter is inseparable from jelly or, to my friends in the U.K., fish is inseparable from chips. They think that they simply cannot exist without their cellular devices.
Clever Ways Kids Message Their Friends Without Their Phones
- They use a free texting app on their iPod touch, iPad, or Android (see list of apps below)
- They communicate through instant messages via the web (see some of the many sites that offer messaging below)
- They put their SIM card in another phone
They Use a Free Texting App on an iPod Touch, iPad, or Android
There are apps for almost everything these days, and free texting is no exception. After about a minute of downloading the app (if they don't already have it), they can text from their iPod touch, iPad, or Android device.
These apps also work on phones, but, remember, you took that away. When they use a free text app, their friends will see some strange phone number, but that's really the only oddity. After they get a few of their friends' phone numbers, they can send and receive free texts without actually having a phone or SIM card in their possession.
Two popular texting apps are TextNow by Enflick, Inc. and TextFree Unlimited by Pinger, Inc.
They Communicate Through Instant Messages via the Web
There are many ways to instantly message friends on social apps. Instagram, TicTok, and Facebook all have direct messaging and systems for chatting with friends. If your child has a social account, then they can message from any device with internet access. Facebook's Messenger even has an app, so it's easy to use on any device.
Messaging may not be quite as easy as texting from a cell phone, but it still gives them a sense of outsmarting your punishment and helps them keep in the loop.
Ways to Send Texts Without a Phone
Messages on Instagram
View and send direct messages from the Instagram app for Android or Instagram Lite app for Android
Messages by Google
Messages is an SMS, RCS, and instant messaging application developed by Google for its Android and WearOS mobile operating systems, also available via the Web
Messenger on Facebook
An instant messaging feature built into Facebook, accessible just by logging into your account
Apple's messaging service that allows owners of Apple devices to connect with one another
Free Website Messaging Services Like Send Free SMS, Send SMS Now, or SendaText
Many sites enable free, easy text messaging (they make money from the advertising on their site)
Email to Text
If you know the recipient's data provider, you can send a text using their text email address (email@example.com); for example: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use Google Voice at voice.google.com to send text messages from a computer
They Put Their SIM Card in Another Phone
Before handing over their phone to you, a child might covertly remove their SIM card and put it into an older phone from the same carrier. They might either use one from your home or borrow a friend's. They may have to "suffer" and use an older model for a while, but they can still text and talk to their heart's desire and will even have all of their contacts.
A SIM card is a small, rectangular card that is usually located behind the battery. It stores phone numbers, contacts, and other data.
Note: Not all cell phone carriers use SIM cards. Sprint and Verizon are the two main carriers that do not use this technology.
But if your phone does use a SIM card and you want to switch phones, then all you have to do is open the battery cover, remove the battery, pop out the SIM card, and then put it in a different handset that uses the same carrier.
How to Check if the SIM Card Has Been Removed on an iPhone 5
What's a Parent to Do?
Ultimately, your goal in doling out punishment is to make your child change their behavior. But that will only happen if the punishment is effective, and it's not if they outsmart you. In order for the loss of cell phone privileges to work, your child must lose privileges for all electronics. But brace yourself—the punishment may be worse for you than for them!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
virginia on August 25, 2020:
theres this thing my parents like to do in the last few weeks of summer and they take my phone (especial when they take my phone before night) "practice going to bed early because school starts soon." before when they did this, it was okay bc i got to see friends at school soon. but now that corona has forced me to move 400 miles from my hometown and i have online school with a new school, i'd like to have my phone to keep myself connected with my family and friends. i just see this as a little unfair and im trying to find out ways to keep my phone at night :/ help?
:/ on August 24, 2020:
I got my device taken away for standing up to my brother. It's been 3 days, and he said he's gonna give it back when he wants. I've lost all of my daily streaks and it was taken away at such a random time (August 21st, at like 9). I've tried contacting my friends on Discord, Hangouts, AND Roblox. They haven't answered any.
sad kid hours on August 08, 2020:
the one time i deside to stay up late i get my phone taken away i am always on my best behavior yet i still get in trouble for stupid stuff.
SAD on July 27, 2020:
my took my phone from me just because i was on instagram
K on July 16, 2020:
My mom takes my phone away every night at 12. She “caught” me up on at 1am a couple nights in a row, and now she takes it away at 12. She tries as hard as she can to stop me from being a teenager. I can’t stay up, I can’t hang out with friends, I can have an “attitude, and I can’t be in my room all day. She constantly is in a bad mood and makes mean comments about me. She’s a bully. She tells me I’m useless, and worthless and only care about myself. Whenever I cry she yells at me. Today she yelled at me for having a crumb on me face. A CRUMB, while I was eating. She started criticizing me saying I eat worse than a toddler for no reason. I’ve been feeling sick all day because of my period, so I told her to shut up. She tried to hit me and took my phone away. She literally goes through my trash, I have absolutely no privacy. And she wonders why I don’t tell her anything. I can say anything without the fear of her hitting me or hurting me or yelling at me. Please if your a parent reading this, be nice to your kid. How you parent them will impact your life long relationship with them. Let them be able to go to you. Let them be able to trust you when they need help, without the fear of getting yelled at. You were a kid once too.
Bell on July 03, 2020:
My parents just took my phone. I'm not allowed to have any form of social media whatsoever. I downloaded Snapchat and immediately got in trouble. My dad walked into my room to wake me up this morning, and my phone just happened to vibrate. He picked it up off my bed and saw that it was a Snapchat notification. He walked out of my room and gave my phone to my mom. For the next 4 and a half hours, they lectured me about how it's bad for me because it exposes me to content I shouldn't be seeing because I'm 15. But that is my point. I'm 15. Let me live.
A boy I used to be friends with had sent me a picture he shouldn't have, and my mom found out. She proceeded to steal his phone number from my phone, and use some weird websites to get HIS parents number, just to tell them what he did. They ruin my life enough, why do they have to ruin his too??
Now I am going to go back to being the weird kid at school because I'm not allowed to have Snapchat. Sorry I feel left out...
My Mom is such a liar on July 01, 2020:
She grounded me for a week because I got angry at a game and she refused to leave me alone and when I left the room she kept asking me "is it my fault" even though I already answered her like a 100 times. And I was in a bad mood so I yelled at her to leave me alone and she grounded me. and I waited for more than 2 weeks and she refuses to give back my phone or even tell me where it is. She calls me stupid because she so called "already" gave it to me but I don't see it anywhere. She's only mad because I refused to help her make a call because she never tries to talk by herself. I get that she's sorta bad at English but still!? She never even tries, she uses me like some tool to her!
My Mom is so annoying! on June 29, 2020:
So I got my phone taken away for PUTTING A SPOON IN THE SINK! My mom said I was giving attitude while doing it. The question I want to know is how do you give attitude while trying to put a spoon in the sink ?! So I'm just sneaking my computer now because I'm bored. It's not as good as my phone though....
anonymous on June 29, 2020:
I have to do online schoolwork because of corona. I didn't do work for like 2 months and then my mum found out. she told me off and took my phone until i completed all the work. I finished the work but then for Chemistry i forgot to click hand n so she kept it from me for longer. Its been another 3 week and i really want it back. She's not the sort of parent you can just walk up to and ask for your phone back
im tired of this non sence... on June 25, 2020:
My parents (especially my mom) loves to take my phone away. I got it taken away because my brother and I were playing call of duty and we were in different teams so we have to kill each other. He started crying and my mom got mad so she took both of our phones. Get this he killed me first, so I tried to explain to my mom that, that was the whole point of the game. Like 5 minutes later she gave my brother his phone back, so I asked "mom so my brother has his phone, so can I have my phone back please?" she said "no stop and I'll make that 2 months instead of 1" I was mad as hell, and I said that that wasn't fair, so she told me to stop being disrespectful. Later on, I go in my room and she put up these ugly ripped white curtains so I ask her to take them off like a billion times, she said no. And told my dad, my dad got on my mom's side and agreed. They literally took all of my stuff and put it in the attic, after that they took me outside and I had to sleep outside for one night, now they gave my brother my room. That room is really special for me because that was my grandmas room before she died. I wish she was here because everything would be different. And they say that I'm just jealous of my brother. Ha, and they say that they don't have a favorite...
M on June 24, 2020:
I got snapchat and Instagram. I’m 15 and I should be allowed it because I don’t do anything wrong on it. My sisters control my life as if it’s a game. I have an iPad. I have no contacts on it a few games, youtube and that’s it. They blocked the AppStore. I have no way of contacting anyone anymore. I feel so alone. We’re in the middle of a pandemic and I can’t even talk to any of my friends. I deleted snap chat and Instagram. Is that not good enough. I’m not allowed to get my phone back ever. They are so obsessed with their devices they don’t even realise it. They think it’s a good punishment for having social media but it just makes me hate them. When the pandemic is over I’m not gonna get my phone then either so when I go out I have to go without my phone which is a safety precaution. I’m gonna be left out because everyone messages each other and makes plans but I won’t be able to. They say that social media makes kids depressed and suicidal but it’s them who makes me feel like that. I do gcse art and I need primary pictures but I can’t even do that so I’m gonna fail aswell. I only had a hand me down broken Samsung phone but now I have nothing but this shitty iPad. I’m not even allowed it at night. I’m not allowed to go on YouTube. And anytime I’m in my room I’m being suspicious. Once it was like 1 am and I woke up so I turned on my light and my sister comes in and makes me get off the bed because I was doing something suspicious. I hate my family and I wanna die.
Random dude on June 20, 2020:
Bro i legit think that my parents took my phone or i just lost it myself because i swear i put it on the side of my bed so im confused because i asked my parents and they said they didn't know where it was.my little brother is still something to talk about because he has a big streak of lying. Honestly though at this point i find finding my phone more fun than actually playing on it.you also have to consider the fact that my school holidays have started and my parents have to go to work and my brother has one more week of school.so unless i find my phone im going to be sitting at home alone bored to death for 1 week!help,
Aubree on June 13, 2020:
im trying to get my dads phone while he is asleep but moms awake and she wont let me get it
I am really mad on June 10, 2020:
When my parents took away my phone because I wanted to lock my room. My dad threatened to slap me. I usually meditate or calm myself down before I go to bed. But I went to bed really anxious without my phone. I had an anxiety attack and my parents didn't even care. I am really upset right now.
im sooo upset i cant i wanna break something on June 05, 2020:
so basically I've had my iPad taken away many times and my mom always gives it back right, but one time she took my iPad and she said after that I'm sry I took ur iPad away your a very good person and student. and she gave it back on ONE condition I don't go on it too much and don't text your friends. She would email me saying that you're going on it too much even tho I say like a couple sentences. So then today I went into my room and earlier that day me and my friend were making tiktoks on zoom. And my mom didn't like it at all. she never indicated at all that she was gonna take it. I went TO MY ROOM AND I CAN'T FIND IT I LOOK EVERYWHERE AND I CAN'T FIND IT. aND THEN I REALIZED MOM TOOK IT AGAIN. she said she would never take it away but she did. Right now I asked and she said shush I'm not gonna speak to u she also had been acting weird so yeh. Pls pray that my mom gives it back plssssss
jesus son on May 29, 2020:
My dad took my phoone from mee cuz he said when i got the phone i was not thinking straight,and he said i dont wake up early to learn,but it was a monday when he took my phone cuz i woke up late,but this evening i pray if i ask him hell give it to me ,i know he would cuz jesus is on my side,i hope hes on yours too
ew on May 27, 2020:
mk lets just start off with the simple fact that taking something away from a kid will only make them want it more. plus, they usually find ways around everything. me, being 15 know so much more about tech then my fam and thank god they both have androids so they don't know what screentime rlly is or how to work an iPhone. also yall, if ur parents change ur password, and ur phone has face ID set up, then u can still get in unless the phone was previously turned off. I have been grounded for the dumbest shit but idc anymore cuz my friends just give me trap phones. I don't rlly need to worry when my parents take my real phone away now cuz I have one that they don't even know existsssss.but if u have an iPhone and have a bunch of risky things on it, just got oapple.com and u can erase the phone thru any other device. simple. but listen up for the parents reading this for some reason STRICT PARENTS RAISE MISLEADING AND MANIPULATIVE KIDS. Also if ur a parent reading this ur pretty sad for having to look this stuff up, get ur life together. but I think that if parents were way more understanding and fun, we could ultimately achieve an environment where kids are honest to their parents and feel safe to tell them more things and mybe even look at them as friends, not enemies.
daniel on May 24, 2020:
I am a 14 year old from Kenya and my life just got ruined because my parent (mom) took away my phone simply because i put a picture of a friend of mine who happens to be a girl as my profile picture.
Arisbelle Aquino on May 21, 2020:
My parents think that i'm addicted to my iphone 6 but what am i supposed to do not watch TikTok while on quarantine like yes i understand that i have a c in math but that's not bc of my iphone it's bc i suck at math i've had a c in math ever since he 3rd quarter(before carona) and now they limit my phone i mean my room is rlly clean and i rlly do is go on TikTok and its hard to hang out with my annoying younger brothers all the time i should be able to use my iphone through out the day or at least until i finish my homework and its not like i use my phone during dinner or the second i wake up like, i'm responsible to know when o stop and to start to use my iphone.
Elly on May 15, 2020:
Kids can’t be on their phone On weekdays because they have a lot of homework’s and chores to be done.
Unknown on May 13, 2020:
So my mom has been really crazy ever since corona started. Anyways, my dog threw up on my white carpet and I didn't clean it on time, so my mom took away my phone and suspended the line and is making me stay a week at my dad's house because she said: "We need a break away from each other¨
Lizzie on May 07, 2020:
I am kinda mad. Last night, I was replying to a couple of texts before I went to bed, and my dad snuck up to the doorframe and stood there. I didn't even hear him till he said "I knew it!". He then yelled at me for having my phone in bed, saying that I am not allowed. I explained to him that I was just replying to some texts and planned on putting it on the bedside table afterwards, but he didn't care. He took it away. I am pissed at him. During quarantine, my phone is my only way of communicating with my friends that I don't get to see. Additionally, I often have lots of school-related questions that I need to ask my friends due to the mess that is online schooling. I don't know how long he plans on keeping it, or where he is keeping it. I am just very mad right now.
I know this sounds kinda petty but just wanted to vent (since I can't vent to my friends now)
teapoot on April 29, 2020:
i totally relate to you guys i remember this day my mum took my phone because i was talking to a guy at 10 pm . i totally understand that she was worried but now i dont have my phone especially during corona t ime. i havent spoken to my friends in weeks and am so devasted. am still talking to her about it i hope she gives me back my phone soon.
My mom is most definatly over reacting on April 22, 2020:
My mom went through my phone this morning and took it away for texting boys... and I'm like scared to talk to her about it because its happened more then once and I wanted to get everything back
someone on April 22, 2020:
my phone has a parental control app so my parents see EVERYTHING there's literally no escaping it. My phone was in a safe for 5-6 months and every time i get it back, i either get in trouble again or get caught i have a computer but one of my smart friends decided to send me one of my insta posts and im not supposed to have insta. My phone will be gone for another 5-6-7-8 months in the next few days. But they don't know my insta password and im not telling them and i can use it on my computer
Jacob on April 22, 2020:
Damn these kinds of websites would piss me off if I were a kid
princessStarlight on April 21, 2020:
i got my pone taken away bcuz i was using it in the washroom...and my dad found out
Blessing on April 20, 2020:
My mom seized my phone for no reason and now I kinda found out that the phone I bought secretly for a gift for her isnt lost at all but misplaced...I decided to use it discretely but now I got ratted out by my younger ones now I don't even know what to do cause she won't believe I bought it for her and will probably scold me even when I'm a few months of being 18....it's really sad cause I'm gonna lose both phones even tho the other was seized for almost 3 months.
chloe.w the unicons on April 19, 2020:
my mom takes my phone all the time its like if you are going to take away my phone a lot don't get me one!!!!!!!!! ugh im sick and tierd of it
i don't get it on April 08, 2020:
my parents took my phone away because i talked back but that was on December 23 or 24 th and they say I spend too much time with technology then i told them if I can't have any electronics in dinner neither can they and i keep tallies on how many times they use their phone at dinner and my mom has like 36 tallies and my dad 32. WHAT THE HECK MAN!!!!
i can relate.. on April 07, 2020:
I have two phones lol I'm not allowed to have social media and I got it a while ago and I accidentally forgot to delete it from one of the phones and my crazy ass mom decides to guess passwords and somehow she got in and saw ALL of my DMS and texts and I do have 6,000 photos I tried to delete fast but it wouldn't freaking load so I pray they deleted before anything else happens and she blames everything on me, also my grandparents took my other phone and locked it in the safe- and nothing on it that's bad I just hate when people invade my privacy.. lol
also when future generations read this like comments farrrrrr down, right now we are in the coronavirus pandemic and it is crazy, as hell. it's scary and I got tested today and I cried it hurt so badly. also, TikTok is trending and so is Lil Huddy Charli d'amelio and Addison Rae.
-frustrated and using a school computer.
K on April 03, 2020:
I got my phone taken away for a week for having it in my room then my dad added another week bc i didnt come down stairs as soon as i got out of the shower (with no clothes on) and then another week bc i didnt put his clothes up
so i havent had my phone all of quarantine
so i havent been able to communicate with ANY of my friends for 2 weeks
so ive had multiple mental breakdowns bc my parents were just straight up bullying me and have had no one to talk to abt it
And im not allowed to have ANY social media so i cant long into any accts to talk to ppl
im 14 and not allowed to have frickin instagram
So i cant talk to any guys(friends or like "talking") bc my parents read ALL of my texts and i cant delete them bc of some stupid restriction
Kendra on April 02, 2020:
So i had my phone taken for a year and I got it back last Christmas then I got it taken again because I was not listening so they took it again so they left it on the counter and I took it I had it for 5 days and my dad ft my grandma and said in she´s using her phone because I can see on my emails I was like omfg and she´s like bring me your phone and I said why and she said because you dad said so so I was like ok so I took it to her and now I don have my phone SAY IF I GET KIDNAPPED TF AM I SUPPOST TO DO CALL U OH I FORGOT I DON´T HAVE MY PHONE SMH
I kind of understand my mom, but she is over reacting on March 31, 2020:
I had a bad test day and got a B, which lowered my overall grade (algebra) to an 85. (Not that bad?) and my phone is taken away. Im not too mad. But an 85? I understand it was for math but still
im sad on March 29, 2020:
I have my phone in a safe for idk when they think im not matire and if I dont get it for may ill be missing my crush birthday :(((((((((((((((((( sad times
Marissa on March 27, 2020:
Ever since i've had my phone taken away 2 months ago i've felt there's nothing to do, especially with the coronavirus and not being able to hang out with friends. i know parents think it's a good punishment, but i have worse health than i did with my phone. im in an argument about it with them so im not talking to them and avoiding them. i sit in my room now all day. when i had my phone tho, id play like clash of clans or go on snapchat for 5-10 minutes and then help out and i would have a pretty good mood. now i get irritated and upset easy, and i dont have good control on my health. im not desperate for it, but it gives me a sense of control over my life and makes me feel happy or entertained for a little bit. the reason i got my phone taken away was because i was on instagram and a guy asked for (you already know) and that guy who asked later texted my friend and got the police involved. now i dont know what to do anymore but watch youtube or sleep all day. and even youtube gets boring.
Someone on March 22, 2020:
I just love that my parents are so strict that they have complete control over MY phone because they say that it's theirs because they pay for it (which I get but still) it makes me so mad that I can't text my friends without being told that they're a bad influence and I can't text any guys (even if they're just friends) without my dad saying that I'm a whore. I'm 16 and have never had sex...how am I a whore?? I'm not allowed to facetime my friends without having a parent in the room and I can't have headphones in so they can always hear every word so I have no privacy. I also am not allowed to go to friends' house without my dad knowing the exact location and meeting their parents and having their parents' phone numbers. I'm not allowed to text past 9, I have to be off my phone by 10, I'm not allowed to have any social media because "It can ruin my life" (ONLY IF I'M RECKLESS), he tracks my location 24/7, and he's allowed to take me phone whenever he wants and keep it for however long he wants. So, sometimes I act out because I get so frustrated at all of his overbearing control over my life and they don't listen to how I feel or even care unless I get into trouble. Well I got my phone taken away "forever" because I got snapchat when the corona lockdown hit and now I'm so bored and mad because the only reason he even caught me was because he effing has cameras in every room in our house downstairs (I'm not allowed to have it upstairs) and got a notification on his phone of a flash from the camera. Like dg stop being so paranoid and let me have a social life and I won't have to break your rules. Is it just me or is he too controlling?
m on March 18, 2020:
My parents took my phone because i was so called being "disrespectful" to my mom because i got my nails done. my dad said that he will give my phone back after my nails come off, i got acrylics so that is going to be a long time. i got it taken sunday, its wednesday now. im slowly getting through to my parents so i can get my phone back. i hope i can get it back by saturday or maybe even a few days before. but wish me luck guys! i dont want to go without y phone for almost 2 months. i just hope they dont go through it.
Anonymous on March 17, 2020:
My mum took my phone as I can’t do what she wants me to do. Bloody hell
Eeek on March 13, 2020:
i feel y'all here. i had a smartphone, life was good. then one day lil ol me decides to make a tiktok rather then doing my homework on a day with NO SCHOOL i tell you, NO SCHOOL and then my mother saw me and grabbed my phone and ReMovEd tHe sIm cARd and ThE bAttEry and now i might as well go slither under a rock. :/
katlenn on March 09, 2020:
i got my phone taking away by the techer
LadyLee1965 on March 09, 2020:
here's the issue today for us and maybe many other parents. We reprimand bad behavior, neglecting chores or not obeying house/family rules, we 'take' away those devices.. one of which is a ps4 gaming system.. then while not at home having to work, the kid retaliates and ransacks parents room , finds the console and confiscates it. why cant a parent then track if this device is connected via the net? Parent does not have the serial number of device/console. so what is the suggested recourse?
hikjgjkf on March 08, 2020:
My parents (especially my mom) have decided two years ago to take our phones away for weekdays and give it to us on the weekends,it was annoying at first but then i got used to it fast forward to these few last months i got grounded for like 3 times at least for no major reason i couldnt go out or have my phone now when they stopped school for the spread of coronavirus in my city i asked her to give me back my phone politely and she said that i nEeD tO giVe hEr sOmE tImE so then the next day i asked her to give me it and she wouldn't "wE nEeD tO LiMiT yOuR uSaGe" \\my ass,smh,im pissed.
bob on February 25, 2020:
my parents just love taking my phone away at this point. I would literally be on it for like 10 min and they would take it. Now the one day school is chill and stuff and im on it for a while, they are taking it away for a long time, when i get it back (if i do in the next coming months) i can only use it for an hour, and no games, social media, or nothing just the basic apple games or it will be taken away longer. If u gonna take it away every single day why not just break it. Im tired of it and im done with this shit man
a person on February 23, 2020:
my parents took away my bloody phone for 3 days and i havent checked it still. i tried downloading whatsapp on the computer but it said i have to connect it to my phone whivh pissed me off. i couldnt dm anyone either as it doesnt let u. tf am i supposed to do.
Chris on February 21, 2020:
I got blamed for something I didn’t even do, it irritates me that I can’t have privacy. I’m almost 14, I have good grades and I help more in the house then my sister. I’m trying to get into a high school and I have had problems with mental health. And I was calling my boyfriend and my mom caught me and accused me of sending photos of myself ALTHOUGH I am not that type of person and it hurt to think my mom thought of me like that. Week 2 and still don’t have my phone, parents if you’re reading this, give your kids SOME privacy. It can really destroy them sometimes when they’re being monitored non-stop.
anya on February 11, 2020:
My dad snoops through my phone every night for no reason and looks through my photos, reads my texts, etc. He gives me no privacy and absolutely no space to grow. I have snapchat downloaded, and he is now making me delete it because I apparently get "too many notifications from it" it's the worst. GIVE ME SOME SPACE MAN
middle eastern moms can be such a pain in the ass on February 09, 2020:
um so my mom took away downloadable apps and left me w only the apple apps so basically all i could do is text and call. she took away my apps in the first place bc she found out i downloaded instagram (i'm not allowed to use social media...) and it was like that for months!! it sucked. so then a month ago i go to screentime and try open restriction and BOOM no password. why? idk! i had full access to putting my apps back with games, YT, and other downloadable apps. i guess my mom made a mistake nad forgot to secure it with a password? i was overjoyed. it stayed like that, with me having apps on my ipone for 2 months with mom oblivious of it. anyway fast forward a few hours ago, and guess what happened! my mom went on my phone and opened it for the first time in months and she found out i had apps. she totally flipped out. the only "social media" was just tik tok and youtube threads popping up in my notification center (that i didn't even engage in). next, she proceeds to remove the SIM card from my iphone and take the phone. she drives to tmobile, and I KID YOU NOT, BUYS A FLIP PHONE AND GIVES IT TO ME. like who the hell uses FLIP PHONES? NOT EVEN MY GRANDMA USES A FLIP PHONE. anyway, now i am left with the regret of leaving my phone unattended, oops! i am also left with sadness and remorse. oh, and also, a cheap and useless flip phone. at least i have a mac to text on though! either way, what a terrible weekend, sheesh. gl mates
gdlajlkjlsd on February 03, 2020:
i just feel hella stressed sometimes when my parents take my phone and its not even because i did sum wrong its usually my younger brother(like 85%) and my parents can be hella strict if they see a single thing they dont like lets say i have one two many games on there(in highschool so i dont play constantly and just sum to do to pass time if im bored) they flip snap and insta are outta the option mainly becasue of meme pages and some strongly worded convos i have with my friedns( all jokes) i also attempt to delete all of the more incriminating texts but still im scared asl whenefver they take it to the point of almost having panic attacks( had a few before got better at controlling it and cooling down but the build up still persists) even now im on an incognito browser scared shitless outta stupid little stuff fml.
Carl Hedemalm on January 23, 2020:
My father took my phone away as i used it for self defense when he abused me
Larry on January 20, 2020:
Umm, this doesn't work with my Chinese parents. The reason they took it away was becuase i was spending MORE THAN 30 MINUTES ON IT. Yeah, they don't let me use it for more than 30 minutes a day, and the 30 minutes has to be all at one time and then she takes it away when im done. I wasn't getting enough time to talk with my friends, and i had homework i had to submit so i didn't give it back to her when i got home from school, and then they took it away. someone help me im slowly getting depressed
single pringle on January 16, 2020:
My mom has taken my phone away for 3 months and still hasn't given it back. It is infuriating.
unknown on January 11, 2020:
my dad took my phone bc he saw me on ft with a guy and he seen the guys face and i was just sitting there bc i had headphones in and i didn't hear him come in. he was just standing over me watching me and the guy on ft told me somebody behind me fml
seymone on January 02, 2020:
i still got my phone taken.
Nobody on December 31, 2019:
My mom has taken my phone since September 9th and it’s December 31st and I still haven’t gotten it back
Lucas Chen on December 25, 2019:
When ever I use my mobile devices, my dad sees it and just takes it away FOR NO reason
Chloe on December 15, 2019:
my mum has taken my phone away for 4 weeks now so I asked her when im having it back she said never although i need it to do homework and to nit be upset so its her problem when I get a 3 hr detention tmmr
lucy shingfield on November 17, 2019:
I have to do my homework and my dad came in and took my phone so I don't use it and basically I am in an argument with my friend and i deleted the screenshots of the argument we had so I was going to use my phone to get the screenshots back but now I can't and it is so annoying
joke on November 15, 2019:
I kill my son with agun abour t
deswdsfr2q3 on November 05, 2019:
my mom took away my phone all cause I'm not done with an essay and didn't do ALL of the dishes. This is a very stupid reason to take away somebody's phone. Plus daily he screams at me to do things. I'm getting anxiety and stress because of this
Samantha on October 29, 2019:
My dad took away my phone for being "disrespectful" but I didn't even do anything. He said it's "until further notice" so basically I doubt I'm getting it back for a long time.
siera on September 02, 2019:
some of you kids are whinning for getting your phone taken for a week or month but try having it taken for months or even years or imagine being a freshman like me this year and school starts tomorrow and my schedule is online and i dont know where my classes are so imma be lost af plus its been 4 months nd i still have one more to go =/
allie on August 24, 2019:
My mum took my phone away for tryna relax at night after studying by gaming. Seriously. I'm using my school computer rn.I alw get remind anxiety without my phone bc I'm scared my mum wld check it. Ugh.
myb on August 09, 2019:
my mom took away my phone for being "disrespectful" idk when i'm getting it back lol. I NEED MY PHONE
Sophia on August 04, 2019:
My dad took my phone AND computer away for AT LEAST a month, but he's STILL disabling my internet! I LITTERALLY CANT. DO. ANYTHING on my phone except message! I cant watch youtube/listen to music on youtube (which are my favorite things to do on my phone) OR EVEN LOOK SOMETHING UP THAT IS TO STUPID AND EMBARRASING TO ASK. And thats not even right now. i have to wait AT LEAST. THE VERY LEAST, a month to even be able to text without having to ask my parents. Now saddly, i cant take out the sim card from my phone, BECAUSE I HAVE SPRINT, like ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME?!?! I do have an old phone tho, but it doesnt have contacts on it (aka a number) AND my dad cant know i still use it. UGHHHHH
HMH on July 17, 2019:
7 more months till i get my phone back, got my phone takin away for a year, and ive lasted can belive ive lasted even 5 without my phone
annette on July 12, 2019:
my mom said shes taking away my phone forever oop
oioioioioioi on July 10, 2019:
my Mum took my iPad, SCHOOL laptop and phone away because i had a headache at the dinner table so i put my hoodie over my head. she wouldn't let me leave so i left without permission. i slammed my door after she took my devices away. that just made her even more mad. i was having a crappy day because i found out my ex (it had been a whole year since we had been dating) had told my friend that i'm a sl*t and said that i had dated another guy while i was with him,which is a complete lie (it was a whole week apart, AND he NEVER talked to me AT ALL while we were dating!!) (again, after a whole year!) and he denied it when i tried to talk to him. the next day i told my mum about it and was she sympathetic? no, of course not. she said i shouldn't have messaged him and i shouldn't of been on my phone at 10:30 at night. obviously she didn't think what he said was at all ok. i cant even text my current boyfriend, but at least my mum is nice enough to occasionally call him for like 20 mins. its also the school holidays so i don't get to see my boyfriend at all because i'm also grounded.
sallly on June 16, 2019:
Ughhh... so my parents are going to send my brother and I away for a week at a family member's house for the summer, and they want to take away our phones. :( Like i dont even use it that much and i want to communicate with my other friends in that city... I hate this soo much. Ima loose my streak, i cant listen to music, or just watch youtube!!
Makayla on June 13, 2019:
I am so bored! My mum took away my phone because I was playing on it instead of doing my homework I am using my iPad right now to say this. But this is so unfair and my homework is not for school it is for this like class thing that I do and it is REALLY hard so I am definitely not doing it and if I ask for my phone back my mom will say “ that me see ur homework then u can have it “. So what should I dooooooooo??
Liz on June 13, 2019:
My dad took away my phone because I yelled at him when he was yelling at me
anonymouse on June 04, 2019:
my mum said that she is taking my phone away for a year!!! she thinks social media is dangerouse and thinks its the reason to my issues but its not! i tried to give a good argument but then she said i was harassing her. i just want my phone back form the summer. please someone help me I'm sad
sydney on April 29, 2019:
my mom decided to take away my phone for a month...…. yay me
stream kill this love on April 11, 2019:
my mom took my phone away because she says i dont do anything else other than play on it. i live in maldives and most of the kids my age arent allowed to go out alone and our houses are usually small we dont have backyards or pools or anything most of the time so i dont have anything to do except study and be on my phone i need technology. i dont know what my mom expects me to do in a country like this (and especially if you live in the capital city)
idek on April 03, 2019:
my dad took my phone away from me for lying to him about where it was, and im so annoyed bc i lost my snapstreak with so many people. ughhhhh i am so fkn pissed off
idk on March 27, 2019:
All you guys go through what i go through its annoying but its life
jackie on February 22, 2019:
my phone literally never has anything to do with the situation and my mom takes it away even though she uses her phone more than i use mine
UNKNOWN! on February 19, 2019:
None Of These Work On African Parents!!!!!!!!!!
kenzie on February 17, 2019:
my mom took away my phone bc my teacher said i was'nt trying in that class and im making a 86 in that class and now my phone is gone for 2weeks and im trying to get it back when there asleep and text my boyfriend im pissed off
Patrick for five days on February 16, 2019:
ok im a good kid with mostly above average marks last time finally I got a phone the end of summer break. (13) by then it seemed everyone had a phone but my mom made rules.
- no games
- I have to give her the phone as soon as I get back from school
- I can't have it on weekends
I dealt with the no games because I had my beloved music and youtube and I had an iPad but the no after school that hit me hard, of course, I would find it or not give it to her as long as possible. I could barely even convince her to charge it
then one day I was on my iPad and she took it asked me the password, of course, being the good gullible kid I told her expecting her to check what I was on and what I was doing but she CHANGED THE PASSWORD and gave it back and told me not to ask the password from her because she will give it in due time. but she never told me after three weeks of being nice I plucked up the courage to ask her the password. she didn't even remember changing it. she gave me possibilities but they were all wrong and I apparently had to reset it losing all my history and pictures and game scores. this gave me a mini heart attack and I cried myself to sleep. I still don't have the courage to delete everything so its still there. I have five days off and really want to hang out with my best guy friend and my other friends but if I want to I need to text them to arrange do I not? now all I have is my computer and the wifi doesn't work for hangouts and I cannot find my phone.
hurray me I'm literally going to be sleeping under a rock and won't hang out at all for five days... :(
bella on February 04, 2019:
lol im a teenager and i done all of these , however they forgot to mention backup phones or phone that we use with just the wi-fi.
commenter on January 14, 2019:
ok,so then last friday we were having dinner when i said oh mum dad the person who sits next to me is copying and cheating off me blah blah blah yes i have tried to cover my work but still...my classmates have seen it to,so im saying to my i might tell the teacher or ill probably just hint at her basically saying i know and this is a warning,then they start saying stuff like are you sure,youll cause drama etc.etc.basically standing up for her i finally break and shout at them and now my phones convigstated for 8 weeks like wth?sorry about my grammar lol
hhNGGhh on January 07, 2019:
my dad took my phone away because i wouldn't dig through to garbage! for 3 days!
Lilac on December 28, 2018:
Parents take phones away for specific reasons. I am a 14 yr old and I have a bedtime for me and my phone. I need to be in my room by 10 my phone shuts off wifi mobile data and my 4g at 10:30. I get pissed when my youtube videos get cut short because of my parents dumb phone restrictions. Like hello im fine as long as im NOT watching porn.
i give up on December 13, 2018:
it all started when i told my dad i was going to my best friends house and but instead i went to my boyfriends house oops sorry dad
This is the best life on December 11, 2018:
Now I know how to outsmart my mom ;)
herro on December 10, 2018:
i am so triggered oof. I got an 86 on a science test and my dad took my phone away. honestly i'm dealing with it better than usual, i have not begged or annoyed him about it lol
An idiot’s child on November 26, 2018:
My mom tries to act like a “cool” and “ professional” parent so she makes fun of me by posting stuff on Facebook like one time my friend shoved me in a puddle of mud because she hates me so my mom thought it would be funny to post it on face book, so yesterday I stood up for myself and she takes away my phone. LIKE DAMN MY PHONE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THISSS
Delaney on November 14, 2018:
I got attitude with my mom because I didn't want to go to my doctors appointment. Now she's taken my phone away and she won't say how long she's taking it for. I'm super pissed and I want my phone back.
whyyyYY on October 29, 2018:
SO my mom and dad grounded me for about a year because I did bad in one test and my dumbass teacher decided to call them I'm like super pissed rn lol
Random person on October 28, 2018:
My mom has taken my phone away for my bedroom not being clean i don't wanna clean my room but i want my phone back
oml on October 25, 2018:
my mom takes my electronics at nine even if im using them for homework and sometimes takes away my school issued computer which technically isn't allowed and makes me use them downstairs in front of her, ive never done anything bad on them
hi on October 25, 2018:
my mom took away my phone for 6 months.
lol on October 25, 2018:
This has just ratted us all out to our parents, some snakey author
help on October 17, 2018:
i'm going to my friends house this weekend and everyone from my school is going to the fair. like two months ago i got a little but of an attitude with her and she took my phone. I don't want to be the only only one without my phone.
person on October 12, 2018:
my mom took my phone and changed the password and just leaves it out in frount of me
liam on October 10, 2018:
My parents took my phone to the repair place and I didn't have it for 2 weeks. Now I have it back but my dumbass parents put the SIM card in the bin thinking it was old.
plz help on October 08, 2018:
my mom took away my computer AND ipad AND ps4 pro privilges and i cant see mt friends text or play with them... anyone have any ideas of how to help me? if u do plz get back to me asap thx
Zauria on September 26, 2018:
my mom took my phone away and she won't give it back no matter what i do
grrrr on September 24, 2018:
my parents take my phone off me every night, and force me to give them the password so they can snoop through it. It makes me so frustrated because although technically its their property its a complete betrayal of MY privacy. Makes me so upset because i can't even text my friends without knowing my parents are going to look through my messages