Teen Sues Mother For Taking Away His Phone

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Hey teens — ever been in trouble and had your phone taken away by your parents? We're sure it's frustrating, but here's our advice: try to be grateful that you have parents who care. Because, despite how pissed off you are, there's probably nothing you can do about it, legally. Just take it from one Spanish teen.

According to a report from European news network The Local, the 15-year old recently sued his mother after she took away his phone to try and get him to study. The teen accused his mother of "mistreatment," but a judge didn't buy that argument.

The judge who heard the case at Court Number 1 in Almeria, Spain sided with the mother, reportedly ruling that she "took the correct action' as a responsible parent."

"She would not be a responsible mother if she allowed her son to be distracted by the mobile phone and fail to study," the court ruling from magistrate Luis Columna stated.


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The judge went on to say that the mother was not only well within her rights, but her action was "almost required by law," the report notes.

"Among the duties required to be undertaken by a parent, as outlined in the Civil Code, is that of being responsible for the education of one's children, which is exactly what the accused did in this case, without taking it to unnecessary extremes," the ruling stated.

A 2015 survey from the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of teens ages 13 to 17 have access to a smartphone. The survey also revealed that 92 percent of teens go online every day and 24 percent are online "almost constantly." We can only surmise that those numbers have gone up in the two years since that survey was conducted.

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