Mum ban's teenage son's phone for a year -- sees his behaviour totally transformed

By Jaco Hough-Coetzee
15 December 2016

For most parents it’s not a totally unfamiliar picture: a teenager who’s hand is almost permanently glued to their cell phone. Trying to have a meaningful conversation can be a nightmare!

For most parents it’s not a totally unfamiliar picture: a teenager who’s hand is almost permanently glued to their cell phone. Trying to have a meaningful conversation can be a nightmare – you’re talking while the teen barely lifts their eyes from the cell phone's screen!

That’s exactly how Karly Tophill (41), a yoga instructor from Cornwall, England felt last year. Then she took away her 13-year-old son Dylan’s iPhone and banned him from using a cell phone for a year. "He was using it too much,” explains Karly. “He'd be coming home from school and using it to play games for about two hours in the evening -- and in the morning.” Now, 12 months later, Karly is shocked at how dramatically his personality has changed. “He seems to have much more energy, and he takes much more time with homework now because he isn’t in a hurry to get it over with so he can check his Instagram,” says Karly.

Naturally Dylan wasn’t too happy when his mom first took away his phone, but he admits now that it’s unnecessary to spend all your time on social media or to answer all messages immediately.

"It gives me more time to do other things,” he says, adding that he enjoys playing rugby and surfing.

Karly says that when her son is done with his homework he’ll even offer to help her with household chores.

"He asked me one week if he could come to yoga. He has had more time to engage and he even told his dad he did better without it."

Sources: mirror.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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