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3 Ways Kids Outsmart Their Parents When Their Phones Are Taken Away


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 he/she might proceed to sulk in his or her 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.

3 Clever Ways Kids Text and Message Their Friends When They Don't Have Phones

  1. They put their sim card in another phone
  2. They use a free texting app on their iPod touch, iPad, or Android
  3. They communicate through instant messages via the the web

1. They Put Their Sim Card in Another Phone

Before handing over their phones, children may covertly remove their sim card and put it into an older phone from the same carrier. They either use one from your home or borrow a friend's. They may have to "suffer" and use an older model for awhile, 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 and contacts. Not all cell phone carriers use sim cards, though. Sprint and Verizon are the two main carriers that do not use this technology.

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 from the same carrier.

How to Check to See If the Sim Card Has Been Removed on an iPhone 5

2. 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 own 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, unbeknownst to you, they can send and receive free texts without actually having their phone or sim card in their possession.

Two popular texting apps are TextNow by Enflick, Inc. and TextFree Unlimited by Pinger, Inc.

Kids May Use the TextFree App to Text on Devices Other Than Phones

3. They Communicate Through Instant Messages via the Web

There are many ways to instantly message friends. For example, in 2008, Facebook launched Facebook Chat, a real-time chat system to communicate with other Facebook friends who are online. If your child has a Facebook account, then they can message from any device with internet access. Facebook Chat even has an app, so it's easy to use on any device.

Instant messages may not be quite as mobile as texting from a cell phone, and they can only message if their friends are online at the same time as they are, but it still gives them a sense of outsmarting your punishment and helps them keep in the loop.

What's a Parent to Do?

Ultimately, your goal in doling out a 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!

Kids May Use Facebook Chat to Message a Friend Without a Phone

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...

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

ugh on September 16, 2018:

i got my phone taken away for taking my sisters chapstick... And my mom had to let me suffer a 3 hour car ride without it and i asked for it back and 2 days now ive been asking her and she yells at me...

Noah on September 04, 2018:

I know it's hard having your phone taken away but if you are mischievous, you can write down where are the possible iPhone hiding spots in a piece of paper and go track it down

Owen on August 07, 2018:

My dad takes away my phone at 10:00 because he says it’s bad for my health

Ugh on July 23, 2018:

I got my phone taken off me becase I was checking the time on it for .05 seconds before school! Gotta love strict parents

no name on July 14, 2018:

I got my phone taken away because my mom thought was chatting with a guy friend on snapchat but I wasn't. I was watching a movie at night. My mom came to my room and thought I was talking to him because he sent me a streak. After she took away my phone she, she said that I'll never have it again but I need it for school.

This is annoying on July 09, 2018:

I have to put my phone away so early and all of my friends get to have them for ages. Why do parents have to have control of YOUR property.

nick on June 22, 2018:

my mom took away my phone and ps4 because i lied about not going to school now i cant do anything to entertain myself and my mom is really tense with me i may had gotten slapped once or twice it was painful btw. in advance i dont think im ever gonna see my phone or ps4 ever again even though they were b day gifts

coolmite on May 17, 2018:

i got my phone taken away because my dad forced me to clean the house and he told me i was vacuuming wrong then i said "i dont care" then he took it and locked me outside for an hour ;-;

Nikki on May 13, 2018:

My mom took away my phone because I was talking to boys and my mom said if I do the right thing that she told me to do then I will get my phone back Also, she took away my phone for some various reasons.I want to know how to get my phone back from her.I need technology in my life.

Salena renee Johnson on May 10, 2018:

I think if your kids be bad at school when you pick them up and their teatcher tells your parents that they been cursing fighting hiting your parent won't be able to give your phone back to you when you change your behaver

Phone detector on May 06, 2018:

You have to say it's pretty brilliant. Technology is not destroying us but rather the Internet.milenials not only a step further but a mile farther or beyond of what capabilities they can do. There are so much ways to get their phone back.make your phone ring(if it had simcard) then if the phone has alarm, be sure to listen at the time it alarms,then found my iPhone app.these strategies are only the basic that's why I'm looking for more advices that will prevent then getting their phones back

jojo on May 01, 2018:

i got my phone taken away for talking to a boy and my mom said i wont ever see my phone again but little did she know i had a backup android but she took that and now i'm just stealing my phone back every time she leaves for work BTW i'm home schooled so i'm basically isolated so you see why i cant live without some technology.

c on April 03, 2018:

i wrote 'satan' on the shoes that I bought and got my phone taken. Gonna get my phone back asap lol.

....idk on April 01, 2018:

My mom took my phone away for being bi and depressed. I'm losing my friends because I don't have many classes with them and I used to be able to talk to them and go out with them. Now apparently my friends are bad or whatever.

Paola on March 18, 2018:

my dad took away my phone but he is really snoopy and I don't like it and he hits me and sometimes I have red marks for a few minutes. Dad if you see this make sure you quit it because I don't like it and I'm sick and done of it.

Springpaw on March 16, 2018:

I feel like my mom takes my phone away for the most smallest reasons like for forgetting to turn of a light or eating all the berries that she bought-.-

Jaiden CHow on February 25, 2018:

I didn't get my phone confiscated(I don't have one), I got my MacBook Air confiscated

Mystery on February 23, 2018:

my dad took away my phone and said i won't see it for a year i don't know what to do help me

Rianne on February 15, 2018:

I got my phone taken away about 2 weeks ago just for acting up. I haven't missed anything but , I have been using the i pad and JUST got caught for ling about it. The thing is that my parents are sick of my ling but, they lie to. My mom said she doesn't know where my phone is when I asked for it. But it turns out that she was hiding it !!

... on December 08, 2017:

I'm 14 and my friends are sick of my parents taking away my phone, which is the only device I have that the school hasn't given to me, so one of them gave me an old iPod and my parents took that away too. Is this legal?

Morgan Payne on February 01, 2015:

I'm 14 and I realize I'm turning a lot of kids in. Kids my age find where the phone is by calling it when the parents aren't nearby, and leaving the case in the room and taking the phone! Also, you can access every social media app from a computer. I can post on Instagram from my desktop! Sorry kids

Esther Strong from UK on April 23, 2013:

Most interesting. Well done for finding this stuff out and for sharing. Voted up and more.

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on December 26, 2012:

Marisa - I think it's bad to call bad names, but there's nothing wrong with taking your iPad, iPod and phone away as a punishment. Those things are privileges and I'm guessing you can earn them back.

marisa on December 25, 2012:

my parents always yell at me calls me really bad names and takes my i pad and i pod away and canceled my phone should they do that because its wrong

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on February 05, 2012:

Kelleyward - Thanks. I couldn't agree more; when it comes to technology kids are always one step ahead of parents, and teachers too! Since your kids are not old enough to have cell phones yet, my best advice to you, would be to not give them one until they really need it - which is usually a lot older than when their peers get one. Thanks for stopping by.

kelleyward on February 05, 2012:

Very interesting hub. Those kids are always one step ahead of us in technology it seems. I don't have kids old enough to have a cell phone yet but this is valuable information. Thanks!

Kristin Trapp (author) from Illinois on January 22, 2012:

Kim - In a few years I'm am sure there will be even more clever ways kids outsmart parents' punishments of taking cell phones or other technology away. Unfortunately for a lot of parents, the kids usually are one step ahead :)

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