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Hi. My 7th grade son has saved his money and received matching grants from me and
grandma to purchase his first laptop (Macbook Air). He loves to write, and he's
so excited! His dream is to take it in his backpack everyday and use it for
homework at the library or in a cafe after school for a few hours until I come
pick him up. He will have a small lockable locker at school, but he can be kind
of spacey and he might forget to take it out of his backpack and I'm worried the
laptop will get stolen or damaged (last year some kids thought it fun to kick
each other's backpacks). His grandma and I agreed to help fund his dream on the
condition that he sticks with rules that he and I will set up. I'm thinking that
taking the laptop to school a few days a week when he's not doing after school
sports might be okay. I'm just looking for what other families/teens do.
Kind of a control freak
I think this is an area where you should have control. Under no circumstances
would I let a 7th grader take an expensive computer to school, unless you are OK
with it being stolen, damaged, lost, etc. In my mind this is asking for trouble,
regardless of demographics of neighborhood, school, etc.
Get a square trade warranty with coverage for accidental damage and theft.
Mac Laptops are huge targets for being stolen as are the other iDevices. We are
in Orinda schools and my daughter's screen got cracked due to back-pack
soccer. Then later in the semester 7-10 girls' iThings were stolen from their
lockers by a visiting BHS sports team. Snatch and grabs appear to be popular too.
I know if there so far. One was as the person was exiting the bus someone grabbed
the iDevice right out of her hand and ran away. Same thing with laptops too.
(Pretty brazen it you ask me.) Apple computers are so light they are easy to
snatch and run.
We don't let me daughters take their Apple computers to school anymore. And
with their iThings they don't keep them in their pack backs and are more
discreet when using them in public places.
This sounds like an open invitation for theft--especially since your child ''can
be kind of spacey.'' Seems like a big mistake. Another option would be having
your son buy a laptop that costs half as much, and then save the rest of the money
so he can replace the laptop after it gets stolen (he should back up his files
online). That way, he gets a laptop to take to school but doesn't have to suffer
the full disappointment of losing it after his carelessness or some child's desire
to steal it. A tough lesson to learn, but at least then he'd be able to replace
Don't let your son take a laptop to school -- between the inadvertent drops and
bumps of that age group to worries about theft it seems like too expensive a risk
for a 13-year old. For writing stories a notebook is fine or if he really wants a
keyboard get a cheap netbook or an alphasmart. My child got an apple laptop at
about that age and uses it for writing at home in conjunction with a paper
notebook for when she is out and about. For class presentations she usually emails
the power point to a teacher or uses a flashdrive.
I would not allow your child to take his laptop to school. Ever. Also there is a
great theft software that is FREE you should download on the laptop. (there are
others which you should also do, but cost a small amount of money.) You can't do
it after the laptop is gone, so do it now. Takes less than 5 minutes. And it
gives you some options if your laptop is stolen. http://preyproject.com/
Wish I had installed Prey Project before my laptop was stolen
I would ask your son how he would feel if his prized computer got lost, stolen or
damaged. My two girls had computers in Middle School and High School and wouldn't
dream of taking them to school for fear of any of the above happening. They took
them only one or two times a year when they were doing presentations or special
projects. I even suggested they take them a couple other times and they refused
because they were sure something would happen to them. They went to private
school for Middle School and public for High School, so the setting of the school
wasn't the concern.
Cell phones and other items get stolen at school (more at the high school level
than middle school.) It just seems like a bad idea to me.
Seems like a bad idea
I have a mantra that I share with my boys (5th and 9th graders) re. their stuff:
Take with you to school only the stuff that you can afford to replace if it gets
stolen from your backpack.
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