Depends on a few factors:
-Is it brand new?
-What type of ipod is it?
-What was the manner of breakage?
-Does it have AppleCare protection on it?
-Are the songs/apps backed up on a computer?
Long story short, if it was an accident, fess up and apologize. Maybe ask your parents if they bought it for him if they got a warranty. If it was on purpose, you really should buy him a new one.