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.
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.
- A Spanking Makes It Even (Northern Spanking), Alex Reynolds
- Bailey Ignores Her Grounding Rules (Spanking Bailey), Bailey, photos
- Bare Bottom Paddling (Firm Hand Spanking, 2004), Jennifer Johnson
- Betty's Grounding (RealSpankings.com)
- Brandi is Strapped for Her Disobedience (Spanking Teen Brandi), Brandi
- Brandi's Boyfriend Gets Her Into Trouble (Spanking Teen Brandi)
- Brooke Tries to Go Out When She is Grounded (RealSpankings.com, 2008), photos
- Caught on the Computer While Grounded (RealSpankings.com)
- Daija: Going Out While Grounded (Spanked Coeds)
- Domestic Discipline (Wellspanked)
- Grounded and Spanked (Spanking Teen Jessica), Jessica, hairbrush, photos
- Grounded For Bs, Spanked For Cs (Punishments Only), report card, photos
- Grounded or Paddled (Spanking Teen Jessica), Jessica
- Grounded Spanking (Spanking Teen Brandi), Brandi, photos
- Grounded and Thrashed (Spanking Online), photos
- Jasmine and Claire's Bikini Strapping (BiSpanking)
- Jessica's New Shoes (Spanking Teen Jessica), Jessica
- Kailee: Spanked for Sassiness (OTK-Spankings), Kailee
- Kestrel Asks For A Night Out (RealSpankings.com)
- Lila: Paddled in Lieu of Being Grounded (RealSpankings.com)
- Lilly Page - Grounded Girl (Punished Brats), photos
- Monica's Before Bedtime Spanking (RealSpankings.com)
- Monica: Grounded and Paddled (RealSpankings.com)
- Monica Sneaks Out of the House (RealSpankings.com)
- Replacement Spanking Instead of Grounding (Spanking Bailey), photos
- Riley is Grounded (RealSpankings.com)
- Riley Punished and Grounded (RealSpankings.com)
- Royal Flush (Strictly English)
- Samantha's Beltings: Disrespect (Wellspanked)
- Social Media Spanking (Sarah Gregory Spanking)
- Spanked With My Hairbrush (Spanking Teen Jessica), Jessica
- Splish Splash Spank (Sarah Gregory Spanking), Paul Rogers, photos
- Stella Spanked for Multiple Infractions (RealSpankings.com)
- Stripped For Discipline: Is This A Swimsuit? Chrissy Marie Grounded 3 (ATP Studios, 2021), photos
- Violet's Spankings - Willful Disobedience (Wellspanked)