Almost all American teenagers have a cellphone. For many, it is a lifeline—a way to connect with friends, family, and the outside world. So, when parents consider taking away a teen’s phone as punishment, they should think about the potential consequences. Taking away a phone can cause feelings of isolation and anxiety, and may do more harm than good.
My students, of course, make the claim that it is neither fair nor effective, just mean. In this article I was surprised to discover the science supporting the notion that they may be right and how we, as adults, can “teach the lesson” in a better way.