How much do you love your mobile phone? Could you live without it? Find out what British teenagers, parents and teachers say about the subject!

How old were you when you got a mobile? Everybody knows that teenagers love their phones. Here are some mobile phone facts.

  • Two-thirds of 12-15-year-olds in the UK have a smartphone.
  • People in the UK send 50 text messages a week on average.
  • British 12-15-year-olds send an average of 200 messages a week.
  • British girls aged between 12 and 15 text more than boys of the same age group. Girls send 221 messages a week!


Parents want their kids to be safe. Are teenagers safer with a mobile phone or without? Many parents want their children to have a phone so that they can be in contact at any time or in any place. On the other hand, for lots of parents a phone is a source of possible danger. Parents worry that their child may meet the wrong kind of ‘friends’ on social networking sites or that they might receive cruel messages from school bullies. Some parents have rules about their children’s mobile phone and internet usage and bad behaviour can result in removal of mobile privileges. 

The great thing about my kids having mobile phones is that I can keep in touch with them. The worst thing about teenagers having phones is that some young people use them to send offensive messages to each other.
William, from Coventry. William is a parent of two teenagers.

A teenager feels lost without a phone. If my daughters behave badly, I confiscate their phones and their behaviour quickly improves.
Kiera, mother of 15-year-old twins.


Mobile phones are permitted at school in the UK but pupils are not allowed to use them in class and they must be on silent during lessons. Teachers can take away phones if these rules are broken. School students can use their phones at break time and at lunchtime. Some teachers in British schools complain that pupils don’t always follow the rules and that lessons are disrupted by people texting, making and receiving calls, looking at social networking sites, watching videos and even making videos in the class.

My mum is scared that I’m going to lose my phone or that someone is going to steal it. She won’t buy me the really cool phone that I want. I’ve got this rubbish one that doesn’t do much. I suppose that makes sense but it’s not fair that everyone else has a smartphone and I don’t.
Tam, 14, from Wrexham.

I know that some people want mobiles to be banned at school but as a language teacher I find that phones can be pretty useful in class ... for educational purposes of course. For example, the students write a dialogue in French, they record it on a phone, then they listen to the recording and try to correct any mistakes or improve pronunciation. They love it!
Stan, from Chester. Stan is a French teacher.


A mobile phone contract in the UK usually comes with a number of text messages included in the price. Of course lots of people send messages completely free of charge using an app that’s also free to download. If you want to send text messages in English you need to know some abbreviations. Here are some to get you started:

LOL = laugh out loud
POS = parent over shoulder
BRB = be right back
TYVM = thank you very much
BCNU = be seeing you (meaning ‘goodbye’)
ASAP = as soon as possible
OIC = oh I see (means ‘I understand’)
TTFN = Ta ta for now (means ‘goodbye')
BFFL = best friends for life

TYVM 4 reading this article. BCNU!

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Some parents confiscate their teenager's phone as a punishment for poor behaviour. Is that a good idea? What's your opinion?


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dungnna8 26 November, 2019 - 09:11

In my opinion, that's not a good idea. Parents should be taught children how to use the mobile phone properly rather than confiscating it. Besides, confiscating the mobile phone make the teenagers can't keep in touch, search information. Therefore, education is always the most effective measure. That makes teenagers self-conscious and don't need parents to force.

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Youjiro 25 February, 2019 - 16:23

In my opinion punishment of poor behaviour is effected focus on lesson.In fact I bring phone in high school I disrupted chat or browsing internet. also other people use as a online game.Parent should confiscate smart phone so that children study subject in class.disadvantage of confiscate is they can't keep in touch in high school.In my high school completely ban using smart phone.also teacher engage student using phone is only after class so that teacher control class.usage of smart phone really limited in my high school.

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SLMT 8 November, 2017 - 18:43

What should I say.Everything has bad and good.Mobile phone is useful but not essential for our daily lives.The advantages and disadvantages of mobile phone only depands on the users.If someone use mobile phone correctly,it will be ur helper.If not it will be your trouble maker.According to this article,more and more teenagers use social media.A lot of bad things can happen on social media,like bullying,threatening,stalking and so on.But if the user use mobile phone and social media correctly,it will be ur friend and teacher.We can learn whatever we want on online.By only clicking,we can learn them.We can know alot about the countries and people from the other parts of world.Now I’m learning English on online website.There are thousands of learning websites like we can’t say that using mobile phone is bad for us.It’s only matter how the mobile phone user use it.So parents should know how their children use mobile phone.Make sure your children is not using mobile phone correctly before confiscating their phones.

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polge 9 May, 2016 - 19:01

A mobile phone is really important for all teenagers. But most of teenagers are using it very very much.

83 users have voted.
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Miguel999111000 14 April, 2016 - 20:21

I like this article becouse the mobile phone can be very dangerous if you don't use correctly and this article try to prevent this.

77 users have voted.
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carmenjd 14 April, 2016 - 16:36

I think the mobile phone is important for teenagers but sometimes have poor behaviour it is good take the phone.

77 users have voted.
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almucastillero 14 April, 2016 - 14:47

I think, nowadays mobile phones are very important for our lifes and I desagree with that

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Jesulin 13 April, 2016 - 21:28

I think phones are important in our lifes,and they help us a lot,but sometimes we are addicts and we use them too much.I think we can live without phones and we need to use them less and respect some rules like dont use it while eating or speaking face to face.
In conclusion phones are important but not necessary.

77 users have voted.
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ANABR 13 April, 2016 - 20:20

In my opinion, I think that nowadays teenagers depend very much on their phones; so sometimes it is properly that our parents take it away. in this way they will not have a poor behaviour.

81 users have voted.
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Alvaromtb 13 April, 2016 - 19:52

My opinion is that our parents, do the correct removing our mobile, so we focus more in our studies, which is what we should do

73 users have voted.
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AnaCant3 13 April, 2016 - 19:43

I think that bad behaviour must be punished, and that's a good punishment because we are every time mor addicted to our mobile phones.

70 users have voted.
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fbascon 13 April, 2016 - 17:37

We think the mobile phone are very important and essential in our life but these is false. We can live without our mobile phones.

67 users have voted.
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isabelbm01 13 April, 2016 - 16:57

In my opinion with the passage of the years increasingly mobiles phones are purchased before the children and increasingly children studied less and take worst notes because they are distracted with the mobile phone.

78 users have voted.
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Mjjimcan 13 April, 2016 - 16:54

In my opinion it is a good idea becouse your parents know what is the best for you and all things they do are for your own the best, but sometimes students need their phone too search information or to do their homework.

73 users have voted.
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Leonor 13 April, 2016 - 16:31

I think it depends on the time you pass with your mobile phone and how important is for you, because if the teenager is all the day with the mobile, confiscate it would be a good punishment for poor behaviour but if is a teenager who doesn't care about mobiles it won't be very effective.

69 users have voted.
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nerea2016 13 April, 2016 - 16:06

I think this article is very interesting.I can understand that parents want us to be safe but They have to understand that a mobile phone is very useful and can keep you in contact with them wherever you are.

73 users have voted.
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Nano_2001 30 November, 2015 - 16:23

In my opinion i think that this article useful as many teenagers now are using their cellphones badly. however,the cellphone is extremely important for contacting each other.

72 users have voted.
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PandajuanCoarTacna 6 November, 2015 - 01:50

In my opinion is a good option because the student usually distracts with this device, but the cell phone is very important for some things,

76 users have voted.
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lacausitaangelaleiva 5 November, 2015 - 16:24

In my opinion it´s not goog idea. because cell phones are a source of communication.

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melgizeh 5 November, 2015 - 16:23

Nowadays, cell phones are being misused by young people. They should spend more time with their parents.

78 users have voted.
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Anngie_123 5 November, 2015 - 16:19

I think it's a bad idea, because the teenagers probably even behave worse , the parents should talk with their children.

75 users have voted.