difficult child's school district "gives" students ibooks to use for the school year (6, 7, & 8th grades). Parents sign a form and pay an "insurance" premium of $50 per year. difficult child had problems with it the first year because he was going on websites that were not allowed. This cost him a couple of suspensions from school. Last year, he did fine with it until spring when he and his friend were trying to take certain chips out then put them back in- apparently, difficult child lost control and beet the insides of his- ruining a chip. Then, they were horsing around later that night and difficult child accidently hit the screen and cracked it. That entire incident cost difficult child an arrest and me about $900. now, personally, I feel that giving these kids these ibooks at this age is worse than handing my difficult child a $1000 bill. And I am not too happy about being legally and financially responsible for it (I would not have given him something so expensive and expect him to walk around with it and take care of it at this age) and I am not happy about the fact that if he doesn't show the same responsibility with it as an adult would that he can (and has) get arrested. I was just wondering about the opinions of other parents. And, if you wouldn't be comfortable about your difficult child being given this, while the school treats the kid like they have to have it yet they make the parent responsible- how would you handle it? I have brought up to difficult child tongiht that I might not sign that paper "allowing " him to get one or accepting responsibility or pay the fee this year. He is irate over it- although I am more upset with the school than him about it at this point. I held him responsible and paid for one and he has been punished legally and at home for it. Fine. And I think it is great that the kids have this opportunity- however, if it is a requirement, then the school should take responsibility. If it is an option, then difficult child shouldn't be treated differently because he doesn't get one. If it's such a great idea, then why do I feel like most kids this age are not ready to handle an expensive piece of electronics that connects them to the world I'm supposed to protect him from? (They aren't just used at school- they assign one to each kid at the beginning of the school year and the kid has it until the end of the school year- unless they do something wrong, then they get it taken away, get suspended, and the parent has to pay for any/all damage). Suggestions?? Opinions??