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Could Parents Face Jail Time for Taking Away Their Child’s Cellphone?

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Pretty much every adult out there today, could tell you how if they didn’t behave well as a child, their favorite toy or item would get taken away until they cleaned up their act. It’s a parenting strategy that adults have been using for as long as anyone can remember. Doing this teaches a kid that their bad behavior will result in undesirable consequences.

In today’s modern world, the most prized device of teens is their smartphone, an object that was nonexistent just a few decades ago. Naturally, this has become the go to object to take away from a misbehaving teen. However, doing this can have some unexpected consequences, as one Michigan mother found out.

The mother in question took 15-year-old daughter’s phone away as punishment for getting in trouble at school. Sometime later, a deputy knocked on her door to arrest her for theft. As it turns out, the woman’s ex-husband, who had given the phone to the daughter, had reported the theft to the police. He conveniently neglected to inform the officers that the woman who took the phone was the girl’s mother.

The woman was arrested and was kept in a holding cell for two hours before posting a $200 dollar bail. Thankfully, the case was quickly dismissed when it went to court, and the prosecutors learned that the phone was, indeed, the daughter’s and not the ex-husband’s.

This is a pretty crazy story, and luckily most parents do not have to worry about facing jail time over taking their child’s phone away. As the legal guardian of a minor, parents have the right to do things like taking away phones.

how to stay safe on halloween

Making Halloween Safe and Fun

how to stay safe on halloween

The spookiest day of the year is creeping closer and closer. With Halloween right around the corner, many kids are preparing themselves for a sugary feast. Meanwhile, parents are doing everything that they can to keep this Halloween both fun, and safe. While Halloween is meant to be a scary holiday, it should be safe for kids.

Of course, there are the more obvious safety tips such as:

  • Plan a route in advance.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Stay well-lit.
  • Check kids candy.

There are also tips about what kind of costumes should be used, such as:

  • Wear comfy shoes.
  • Avoid masks.
  • Avoid costumes that drag.
  • Use flexible props.

Doing these quick little things will help a parent keep their kids safe this Halloween, but what about making sure this holiday is fun as well?

Not every neighborhood is a good place to go trick or treating. Some may be too unsafe, while other may be too isolated. For instance, rural dirt roads do not lend themselves to good trick-or-treating. A parent may need to take a good look at the neighborhood where they live to determine if they want to trick-or-treat there, or go somewhere else.

Many towns and cities offer different trick-or-treating alternatives, such as events like trunk-or-treat. Doing a little bit of research can turn up some local events that might help make a child’s Halloween celebration truly spook-tacular!