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Devices taken away

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Why does my parents take away my devices


Hey there, thanks for getting in touch!

We completely understand how frustrating it can be when your parents take away your devices. It can feel like they’re invading your space or taking away your connection to the outside world, especially when so much of our social lives and entertainment revolves around technology these days. It’s totally normal to feel upset or even angry about it.

Parents often take away devices because they care about you. They might do it to help you focus on schoolwork, get enough sleep, or simply to ensure you’re not spending too much time online. Sometimes they worry about the content you might be exposed to or the people you might interact with online. It’s not about punishing you, but rather about guiding you and keeping you safe.

That being said, it’s important to communicate with your parents about how you feel. Let them know that you understand their concerns, but also express your own perspective, respectfully. Maybe you can come up with some compromises together, like setting specific times for device use or agreeing on certain rules. There are many articles about how to stay online on the Childline website Perhaps you and your parents could go through some of them together? Or maybe you would like to read some of them before you talk to your parents. 

Remember, if you ever need someone to talk to about this or anything else on your mind, you can always contact us at Childline. We’re here for you 24/7, ready to listen without judgment and offer support whenever you need it. Just give us a call at 1800 66 66 66 or reach out to us on Messenger at (click on the purple Messenger tab).

You’re never alone in this or anything else you are going through. Childline is here for you in good times as well as the not so good times.

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