The mum from Lanzhou City's Yongdeng County, in the capital of north-western China's Gansu, believed that her daughter had been spending too much time with the device and could not get her to put it down.
Fearing that the endless chatting and phone games would affect her studies, the mum finally decided to confiscate the smartphone.
The mother believed her daughter had been spending too much time with the device
But she did not expect her daughter, who is said to be 15 or 16, to react in such a heartless manner.
Mobile footage taken by one passer-by shows the mum squatting down on the ground after apparently being slapped and punched in the midriff.
She did not expect her daughter to react in such a way
A woman dressed in red tries to stop the mother-daughter violence, having witnessed the argument and the subsequent outburst from afar.
But even she is unable to hold back the enraged schoolgirl, who continues to kick her mum in public and accuses her of taking away her phone.
A woman dressed in red tries to stop the mother-daughter violence
Reports did not say when the attack finally ended, but the video has divided opinions on Chinese social media, with the majority of commentators criticising the girl.
However, others pointed the finger of blame towards the mother and claimed her daughter's behaviour was the result of bad parenting.
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