All the teen’s burners
If you restrict it, it becomes more desirable, that’s the adage parents worldwide have to deal with, but it is especially true for phones now, as they have become the lifeblood of teen communication. After all, social networks and chat apps are the world now, and hoping to stroll the mall and hangout after class is only an exercise in social isolation.
Just like the drug dealers in the Wire, teens are buying burners to get to their Snapchat or Instagram personas. According to one retired detective (no, not from the Wire):
In almost every high school across the country there is a kid who sells burner phones from their locker
The backup phones kept popping up in the house of the Van Everys, and the hint that their daughter Jalyn used one usually was that she stopped nagging them for her official handset back when it had been taken as а punishment for rule-breaking.
Cat and mouse game, but that’s where we are now, and while Jalyn admits “now that I look back, I realize how dumb all the fights were,” her parents have two younger kids and they may be giving up on burners already. “We’re not going to go through this with three more kids,” says the father so what’s left is communicating with your kid about the time they spend on the phone, and set some rules about online safety.