The fashion of buying disposable mobiles among teenagers is growing: why?

The famous newspaper The Wall Street Journal talks about the large number of American teenagers who buy disposable mobiles to hide their Internet activities from their parents.

The Wall Street Journal has put into words what many of us already imagined. Something that, on the other hand, is not new. Teenagers hiding things from their parents? It is part of the process of rebellion and maturation of the pre-adults. But when that rebellion can affect their studies or their training as people, it becomes a serious problem.

The smartphone has become the object of desire of adolescents, and parents use it as a form of control or even as punishment, removing their mobile phone for a while. But as it used to be with tobacco, the console or the bicycle, teenagers find other ways to achieve their object of desire, that is, a smartphone.

According to retired detective Rich Wistocki, "in almost any institute throughout the country there is a boy who sells these disposable mobiles in his box office," he explains.

Many teenagers can not live without a smartphone but at the same time they feel controlled by their parents, since they are the ones who pay their mobile bills and know who they are calling, or if they buy apps or other content.

A 2016 survey from the Pew Research Center indicated that half of the parents reviewed the call history and messages that their children sent and received through their mobile phones. They also use it to establish punishments, removing their cell phone for days or weeks.

The same Pew Research Center survey published last year revealed that 56% of teenagers feel distressed, isolated or upset when they do not have their mobile phones.

As was the case before with drugs or tobacco, the Wall Street Journal has discovered that in many American institutes there is always a pupil who keeps disposable mobiles in his box office, and sells them to his classmates.

Teenagers use these cheap mobiles with prepaid cards, and only connect to the Internet through WiFi, so as not to waste data. That way they can stay connected to the Internet without their parents finding out.

It is still a sign of rebellion like any other, but the problem arises when this behavior hides an addiction or a dependence on the mobile.

As always in these issues, the solution is always the same: education. "The only thing that works is education, teaching them the advantages and disadvantages of technology and helping them to set their own limits," co-founder of Internet security organization Cyberwise, Diana Graber, told The Wall Street Journal.

You can not watch your teenagers 24 hours a day, and you have to assume that they will try to avoid the prohibitions, whatever the type they are: drinking alcohol, smoking, going out to parties, abusing their cell phone ... The only thing that works is to educate them as children so that Learn to know what is right and what is wrong, and know when you have to stop.