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?


MARCreally's picture
MARCreally 5 November, 2015 - 14:14

in my opinion having cell phones at a young age is dangerous, because are exposed to various risks.
It is better to have cell phones when you are already over.

23 users have voted.
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michael311 5 November, 2015 - 14:10

I think it´s a very good idea. because for me, the mobile phone is a little bad, teenager don´t have time for them parents, for their is more important the social networking cities or send messages to them friend.
Internet is good but sometime it´s a vice, and lose much time.

22 users have voted.
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Luis04 5 November, 2015 - 14:01

I thought it was very interesting this text, there are several ways of thinking of the parents and children on the use of mobile phones, some say they're good, we provide information, and others say the opposite, in my opinion the usage of mobile phones is good, but we need to give it a good use and know them.... :D

24 users have voted.
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AlessandroCT45 5 November, 2015 - 13:55

In my opinion, I´m not so sure about that, While it i true that the teenagers can't live without their cell phones, this form of punishment isn´t the best for a bad behavior, because the parents help adolescent believe that his mobile phone is an essential tool.

23 users have voted.
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ryanrussell13 5 November, 2015 - 13:37

In my opinion this idea is very good, because, It is better to prevent before lamenting the consequences that can bring a phone. "If a teenager wants to have a cell phone, it is best to use it responsibly"

23 users have voted.
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Samaan 18 June, 2015 - 06:02

Well, In my opinion, It can't be said that the above statement is completely true. There are some students who use mobile phones but still getting high grades in school and maintaining discipline. In my view, If we use mobile phones in a wise way, It can result in vast benefits. On the other hand, if it is used in a wrong, it can be a curse instead.

48 users have voted.
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anna9 4 February, 2015 - 15:36

I believe that is a good idea parents confiscate their teenager's phone as a punishment for poor behaviour because by doing it this, teenagers will think about their mistake and will apologize. Then , the parents will return the phone to teenage provided that they will not do again the sames mistakes.

103 users have voted.
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maymia 23 October, 2014 - 07:56

I think it's both good and bad idea to do that, its good because childrens can do another thing than just looking at the social media for chatting like doing homework, playing or reading. But bad because children don't learn something from that.

81 users have voted.
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patste 22 October, 2014 - 20:53

I think it's a bad idea, because if you take the mobile phone from them can't you know where they are if they go out. And you have no contakt wiht them. So I think it's a bad thing to do...
Instead you can just tell them that they should not be mischievous. (:

77 users have voted.
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sipsad 21 October, 2014 - 09:34

I think it is a bad idea because they won’t learn anything from it and what if the parents want to reach their child. Then they won't get in contact with him/her which is pretty bad.

82 users have voted.
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emmlin06 21 October, 2014 - 08:17

I think it's a pretty good idea, because yeah the mobile phone is almost everything for a teenager.
If you take their mobilephone, they'll maybe understand that they've done something wrong.

78 users have voted.
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LinneaW 21 October, 2014 - 08:12

Taking away a teenager´s phone as punishment is a bad idea. You will not be able to reach them and they´ll probably even behave worse and get pretty mad. Just don´t let them hang out with their friends and they hopefully will realise the consequences of behave badly.

82 users have voted.
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susieo 21 October, 2014 - 07:54

I think that taking your childs phone is a very good and effective way of punishing your child. If they have done something wrong or maybe they are using their phone too much I think that is one way of punishing your child that would work very well. I mean personally I would be horrified if my parents took my phone away but I can´t deny that it wouldn’t work.

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marjon02 21 October, 2014 - 07:45

I think that it's not a very good idea to remove teenagers mobile phones as a form of punishment because it makes the teenagers that doesn't think that their lives depend on their mobile phones think that they need the phone because it serves as a punishment to remove their phones.

82 users have voted.
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idahog 20 October, 2014 - 13:57

I think the mobile phone is a good idea, but some things are bad. One good thing is that you can contact - for example, your parents if you're far away from home and need help. A bad thing is that you can receive or write mean messages to people.

81 users have voted.
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Noah_Z 20 October, 2014 - 13:52

I think that it's kinda bad idea, confiscate a teenagers phone doesn't "give them a lesson". Confiscate just almost always ending up in the same place as it started. If you take their phone they wil just be extra friendly until they get their phone back and then it will just hapen again, and so over and over and over. Thats why you should make a strange punish directly so they don't do it again. TTFN and BCNU

75 users have voted.