Does Your Teen Have a Burner Phone?

By May 17, 2019 February 18th, 2020 For Parents, Harms of Porn, Porn's Impact on Kids
Teens and burner phones

Teens are getting a second phone — a ‘burner’ phone — in an attempt to keep in contact with friends when parents take their devices away and to post on social media without their parents knowing, according to a Business Insider story. An excerpt from the article:

A new report from the Wall Street Journal details the lengths some will go to in order to stay connected.

One parent told the WSJ that their daughter got phones from friends when they took her device away.

“All the sudden she’d stop asking for her phone back and we’d be like, ‘That’s weird,’” Patrick Van Every said of his daughter, Jalyn.

A survey from the Pew Research Center last year revealed that 56% of teens feel anxious, lonely or upset when they don’t have their cellphones.

And despite parents’ attempts at limiting screen time, some kids will still find a way to access mobile devices.

“In almost every high school across the country there is a kid who sells burner phones from their locker,” retired high-tech crimes detective Rich Wistocki told the WSJ.

But just as kids hiding information from their parents isn’t new, nor is the concept of burner phones for teens.

It’s unclear how common the practice of burner phones is, but social media experts and teens told the Associated Press last year that many youngsters are living lives online that their parents don’t know about – whether that be by utilizing burner phones or untraceable social media apps, like Snapchat, or by keeping their conversations on Kik, a private messaging app.

Burner phones will not be going away anytime soon.

Teens taking a selfie

Where are your kids getting their sex education? Their smartphones? In this digital age, it’s critical for young people to have trusted adults to help them build resilience and resistance to hypersexualized media and porn. Check out Culture Reframed’s free online Programs for Parents of Tweens and Program for Parents of Teens.


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