Learning process...

@sishy7 (27631)
Australia
March 22, 2012 4:34am CST
My teenage son got home from school feeling rather irritated today. He told me his teacher confiscated the laptop he was given from school. According to him, it was an absurd decision by the teacher. He was in his flexi period where he could leave early. But he decided to stay at school so he can catch the school bus going home instead of walking by himself. So he went to the library and started to play some game on his laptop. "That's why!", I told him. He argued that it was not the first time he did that, and the other times the teacher never said anything. But today, he guessed the teacher was just fed up with so many students abusing the allocated laptops during her class. She caught most of her students in her IT class were Facebooking. The IT class was held in the library, so my son felt he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was not even in the class, but he said the teacher did not want to hear any excuse that it was in fact his free period. "Now what?", I asked him. He said he'll handle the situation himself tomorrow. I agree with him, as I'm sure the school will notify me if they feel parents need to be involved. I'll just wait & see while he needs to learn how to handle problems.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
22 Mar 12
It does sound as if the teacher had just had enough. Sounds like he knew it was against the rules but because he's done it before, he felt confident that it would be ok and especially since it was his free time. Your son sounds very mature in wanting to handle this himself. Hopefully the teacher will just give out warnings. I can only imagine how tempting it would be to play games or get on facebook etc but the truth is that these laptops were handed out in order to help them in their studies and that's it. Sounds as if your son realizes that.
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
23 Mar 12
Yeah, he better learn that; and he has to understand that some things in this life are learned the hard way...
@kedralynn (992)
• United States
23 Mar 12
Sounds like a case of at the wrong place at the wrong time. However he also knows he was in the wrong for playing the game. Sort of a few little things went wrong and it just got worse! You should be proud, your son sounds very mature and I'm sure he'll handle it just fine. I think once the teacher calms down, she/he will be easier to talk to.
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
23 Mar 12
I'm sure I'll hear when he gets home today... Either he'll get the laptop back or I'll probably get a letter from the school. I just want him to learn from all this.
• United States
23 Mar 12
And I think that's a good idea. We all want to protect our kids, but they do have to learn to handle things on their own at some point :) Let us know how it goes.
@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
23 Mar 12
He did not get the laptop back just yet. He appealed in writing and the school is going to look into his particular case. I asked him what he wrote, and he said he just explained exactly what happened; he even wrote what game he was playing. At least he's being honest and has assured me that he has nothing to hide in the laptop. He just have to wait and live without laptop for now.
@atwilson (540)
• Indonesia
23 Mar 12
it is what i called a learning process. I also ever felt that when i was in school. Handling problem is not easy as we think, moreover for teenager like your son. Just let it flow. :)
@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
23 Mar 12
Yes, it'll be a good learning experience for him. Life is full of problems; he needs to gain many experiences to be prepared to deal with difficult situations. I am there if he needs me; but there'll be times when he'll have to be on his own.
• Canada
22 Mar 12
It seems like he knew it was against the rules to use the laptop in this way but just because hea nd others had done it before they thought it is okay to do so. It is not right to use your laptop to go on social network sites or play games during your class hours, the teacher did the right thing. Let your son handle this and if the school deems it necessary they will contact you about this...
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@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
23 Mar 12
Exactly. There's a lesson need to be learned by my son from all this. Hopefully, by handling the situation he'll realize there are things he just have to refrain from no matter how tempting they are; or otherwise he has to face the consequences.