I would agree that you're asking for trouble with a laptop. There are too many issues with unintentional abuse. The power connector may get damaged, the unit will be susceptable to overheating and damage from sitting on the covers, and the screen and hinges will be highly susceptable to damage from being dropped or picking it up by the screen. I've been through this with my teens and even the young adults. You're much better off, as the others have said, by investing in an inexpensive desktop and installing a wireless card. You can get the computer at any of the big box stores and can have them install a wireless card or you can do it yourself. It's not difficult at all. With a desktop, you don't have the hassle of the computer going to someone elses house where you can't control the programs or content. You will definately want to invest in some strong virus and spyware protection it you're going to let that computer share files with your home network. Kids end up using all sorts of sharing and bit torrent networks that can junk things up pretty bad. With a desktop, you can also establish the computer and desk as a place for homework with a specific location. Add a printer and you can monitor paper and ink useage to somewhat verify the effort spent on actual homework and useful creativity. Just wanted to throw in some of my experiences as a parent. Remember that with a laptop, if it falls off the bed or couch with the lid open, you could be looking at repairs that can cost as much as a new computer.