Grounding is a midterm isolation punishment in which the person punished has his or her movements restricted, or is forbidden to participate in some pleasurable activity. The duration and degree of severity can vary widely.

Grounding does not restrict physical movement as tightly as time-out (in particular corner time), but while these punishments usually last for some minutes, rarely more than an hour, grounding is often given for hours, days or even weeks. So it tends to be used as a light but long-term punishment.

The most classic form of grounding is one in which the person is restricted to a dwelling, and forbidden to leave it (perhaps except for required school or business events). In a stricter form, the person being punished may be restricted to a particular room (i.e., "sent to her room").

In a more generalized form, a person might be "grounded from the computer" or "grounded from his bike/car" — that is, forbidden the use of the particular tool or toy — although the latter are, strictly speaking, not cases of grounding but of removal of privileges which can include a docked allowance. Some spanking videos (see list below) use restricted cell phone access as a key plot point.

Grounding is typically a child's punishment, but can extend to teenagers (being prevented from attending an event, a vacation trip, to going out to visit friends, etc.). When used on an adult, the adult may well feel humiliation in being treated as a child.

In a BDSM context, grounding may well be part of an ageplay scene.

Spanking videosEdit

Misbehaving girls (schoolgirls, cheerleaders, and college students) are spanked and grounded, submit to a spanking in place of being grounded, or get punished for sneaking out while grounded in the following video titles.

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