A form of punishment given to children, tweens, or adolescents by their parents due to excessive online usage, visiting websites that are not allowed, sneaking online after hours, cyberbullying, or any other kind of online misbehavior. It is a modern form of discipline in a technological era where sending kids to their room isn't necessarily relevant because they can often text or access the Internet. The purpose of grounding is to teach a lesson by depriving kids of their social connections, which now includes technology.
A young person who is "digitally grounded" may be forbidden to use electronic devices (either completely or partially), forbidden to access Facebook or other sites (for a week or two), forbidden to use a cell phone (for social use), and may also include no TV or video games for a specified amount of time.
Historical perspective: In 2010, the Pew Internet & American Life Project published a report that captured part of the "digital grounding" trend. It said 62% of parents said they had taken away a cell phone as punishment.
NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon