Primary school teacher shares a letter one of her students wrote about why they “hate” their mum’s mobile phone.

Teacher Jen Adams Beason, from Louisiana in the US, shared the picture on Facebook on Friday, saying she told her second grade students to write about an invention they wished was never created.

The student chose to write about why they hated their mother’s phone, saying they wished she “never had one”.

“If I had to tell you what invention I don’t like I would say that I don’t like the phone,” the letter read.

“I don’t like the phone because my parents are on their phone every day.

“A phone is sometimes a really bad habet (sic). I hate my mum’s phone and I wish she never had one.

“That is a invention I don’t like.”

Underneath the letter the student had drawn a sad face with a speech bubble saying “I hate it,” next to a crossed out mobile phone.

The teachers post has gone viral with over 244,400 shares and over 26K reactions.

Ms Beason said of the 21 students she gave the question, four of them chose phones as their topic.

It certainly makes you stop and think about the impact our phone usage has on the kids!

Share your comments below

  • Kids need their parents attention. Sad that they have to take second place to a phone.


  • I can totally relate to this. EVEry where you go, there are parents on their mobiles while their kids are crying out for attention


  • Hopefully this is an eye-opener to a lot of parents.


  • Definitely something for adults to think about. It is important for families to engage face to face.

    • Yes that is true and this day and age it isn’t happening.


  • I can relate to this- my husband is addicted to his phone, we can’t even have a meal out or watch a movie without it in his hand. He has it with him from the moment he gets home and I can only imagine how it makes his children feel after they haven’t seen him all day.


  • Ooh, out of the mouths of babes. Their honesty is so refreshing. I think parents really need to think about their role modelling behaviour to their kids.


  • This is so sad and there is an easy solution – put the phones away! Any time with people should be prioritised over phones! People matter more than phones and more than whatever else is going on across social media! I would love to see phones banned from theatres, concerts and similar venues. Being present is the best gift you can give to anyone!


  • I see it all the time, parents take their children to the beach or park and don’t interact with them, they have their head in their phones, it is not only sad but dangerous. Leave the phone in the car and spend time with the kids, they grow up too fast. So many kids will grow up trying to get attention whether in a good or bad way because they never got it from their parents.


  • I feel sorry for the child and also for all the new babies out there who now have difficulty recognizing a smile or a frown because their mothers never talk and look at them – only their phones. Makes you wonder why they have a child – is it to brag about on Facebook?


  • It’s a sad thing when parents spend more time on their phone then on their kids !

    • It is heartbreaking and sadly it can be seen across all adult ages.


  • This is a timely reminder to focus on our children more and our phones less.


  • Some adults really exaggerate on how much time they spend on the phone. Not only when they are alone, but when they are with their kids too. Sad!!


  • That’s really bad. The parents must have their heads constantly stuck in their phones for the kid to write something like that. I feel so sorry for that kid.


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