Teenagers Turn to Burner Phones When Using Social Media

May 15, 2019

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Teenagers are getting creative when their parents say it’s time to stop using their phones.

When parents instruct their children to log off, teens log on to their burner phones, prepaid phones or other devices that might not have cell service but can be used with Wi-Fi, a Wall Street Journal report found.

Jalyn Van Every, an 18-year-old who lives in Greenville, South Carolina, used a burner phone after growing frustrated at the demands of her parents, according to the report. She felt the house rules prevented her from texting and using social media sites at times when her friends were all doing so.

While many teens use the burner phones once their parents take away their cell phone, the burners also serve as a platform for them to use social media sites that their parents are unaware of, the report said.

A former Illinois police official who now gives cyber safety lectures told the Journal many high school students sell burner phones from their lockers.

Cyber experts advise parents to monitor their children’s use of social media and have a conversation about being smart and safe online, according to the report.

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