What's the Proper Punishment for a 4th Grader Who Broke Their Chromebook?

QUESTION:

How can I properly punish a child who broke their Chromebook?

Proper punishment for 4th grader not taking care of her school Chromebook and stepping on it?

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TOP ANSWERS (AS SELECTED BY MODERATOR):

“Unpopular opinion. But I feel like it’s your lack of parental supervision and responsibility, that allowed her to break it in the first place. She should only be using it at the table under supervision and when she is done it should be put up until she has to use it again.”

“I broke my laptop the other day. Should I get punished? No, I just have to work and save up for a new one. Teach your child in the same way. She doesn’t get her chrome book anymore since she broke it, she must do chores and take care of her responsibilities strictly but taking away TV? Etc? That’s a bit ridiculous. It happens, you’re the one who gave her the Chromebook in the first place. As long as she knows she has to put in the effort to make up for it.”

“School Chromebook should only be at the table with parental supervision in my opinion.”

“Make them do chores around the house and make money to pay for it. Take all their other electronics until they do!”

“My son broke his last week. He actually tried to close it with a notebook and pencil in it and it shattered the screen. I honestly didn’t even think about punishing him. He’s 13 and a total accident but yeah it was careless. I scolded him and I was upset but I paid for insurance and it’s the 1st time he’d ever broken it. But He learned he can’t do that again.”

“Maybe try supervising your child around expensive school equipment!?? That would be a start for me.”

“Since it’s school-issued, there’s usually a fine attached to braking the Chromebook, in our district, it’s $250. If you give your daughter an allowance, you should keep it and tell her that since she is the one that broke it by not taking care of it… she needs to help pay for it. You can punish her by grounding her and teach her at the same time… and if they issue you a new one, only let her use it at the kitchen table and under supervision.”

“Accidents happen. Does the school allow you to have accidental insurance? Ours does and it would cost $40 to repair if it was the child’s fault. The first year my daughter had to have hers fixed several times. Once was because it was stepped on. The teacher had them place them on the floor when they went to a different room and other children stepped on them and broke a few of them. I understand money is super tight for a lot of people. When it got out of control I started having her earn money to pay for the cost by doing chores so that she understood that money isn’t free and the hard work it takes to make it. She has then only had to fix it once since she had to fix it if she was responsible for breaking it.”

“She is old enough to take care of it properly. My 1st grader knows how to properly care for hers and does so. Make her earn the money to replace it by either chores, selling her stuff, or she does a lemonade stand. She has to be held accountable. But I would not use the word punishment; I would tell her it’s her responsibility and make her take responsibility.”

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Make them do chores around the house and make money to pay for it. Take all their other electronics until they do!

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No more chromebook…paper assignments only. Tell the school you don’t want assignments on technology because your child is not at that maturity level or your just not about it and they will provide paper assignments.

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Accidents happen. And just how old is this child with a chromebook?

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Explain maybe they can earn back chromebook when their behavior improves (next year) really if you think about it screen time is really bad for developing brains anyway.

Chores. No tv. Not even during family time. Dinner athletes and straight to bed. For a week

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Was it an accident or?? Chores to learn some responsibilities

I would make her work off every penny it cost me to pay for it.

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Yard work and chores to make the money back. This also can be a time to teach entrepreneurship like running lemonade stand or cutting yards especially for the elderly. Something along those lines. I would also debate on taking away gaming systems (if there is one) and tell her if she doesn’t make the money the system will be sold to get the money. Or a yard sell that would consist of her toys being sold.

I broke my laptop the other day. Should I get punished? No, I just have to work and save up for a new one. Teach your child in the same way. She doesn’t get her chrome book anymore since she broke it, she must do chores and take care of her responsibilities strictly but taking away TV? Etc? That’s a bit ridiculous. It happens, you’re the one who gave her the chromebook in the first place. As long as she knows she has to put in effort to make up for it.

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I mean if its the first time, Id probably let it be a learning experience and let them know exactly what will happen the next time that happens.

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You all make good points but gosh it’s hard to believe how times have changed. I certainly never had to worry about anything more than my old-fashioned paper notebook!

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School chrome book should only be at the table with parental supervision in my opinion :woman_shrugging:t4:

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Since it’s for school and the kid has to have it maybe just like ground her. Make her do chores from now on. She’s old enough to know better. No more tv or electronics other than for school. I feel like two days is a good start. If she doesn’t behave then extend her punishment.

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Wondering if she walked on it on accident, or stomped on it on purpose because she was mad. If it was an accident, should there be a punishment at all? I mean don’t we as adults still make mistakes? I know I do. But if it was on purpose thats a diff story.

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Make a list of chores and out costs next to them. So he has to do as many chores as needed to pay back for the chromebook

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My son broke his last week. He actually tried to close it with a notebook and pencil in it and it shattered the screen. I honestly didn’t even think about punishing him. He’s 13 and a total accident but yeah it was careless. I scolded him and i was upset but i paid for insurance and it’s the 1st time he’d ever broke it. But He learned he cant do that again.

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Is this the first time? Also, did the school happen to offer optional insurance for it? If they did, she needs to use a portion of her allowance to pay it off. If they didn’t, I would still do the allowance thing for it. She needs to learn that money doesn’t grow on trees.

I would make a chore list with a price value next to it. Laundry $5, dishes $10… until it reaches the cost of the chrome book. Also reinforces adding money :slightly_smiling_face:

Maybe try supervising your child around expensive school equipment!?? That would be a start for me

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