Would curfews help protect the youth?

United States
July 24, 2011 11:01am CST
Our Mayor authorized the power to limited teens to be out in late night, for the sake of their personal protection, since the summer started, and many teenagers already out of school at their vacation. They would tend to going out late, or spend time at their friend's house without sufficient supervision. So, a curfew is mandated for nor allowing them to be on street as late as 11:00 P.M. without a parental supervision. There is penalty for it, but usually would take the parents in accountable once they violate it. Here is my question, do you think such law, that authorized curfew on our teens would prevent the crimes happen, unless to reduce the crime rate as we need it? According to some controversial argument, such act might not be able to do anything to prevent it. What do you think?
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@inertia4 (26296)
• United States
26 Jul 11
I feel that curfews are a waste of time. I think that its up to the parents to control their children. Also, curfews will not lower crime at all. What they are intended to do is to protect the young teens form getting hurt or killed. But in the end, they don't do much. I remember when I was a teenager, I never had a curfew and I was always out very late, sometimes until the next day. Once you're out, who's going to stop you? No one. So, they are a waste in my opinion.
@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
25 Jul 11
I actually think that this law of having a curfew is quite a good idea. It might seem horribly restrictive, and a violation of one's freedom of movement, but to be honest teenagers who are so young should not be out late at night. It may well prevent any crimes that all seem to happen more later in the evening, and it would maybe stop teenagers from drinking too much or being in places where they shouldn't be at such a young age. So I hope that it proves to be successful in these goals!
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
For me yes it can help so that they are stayed in the house for the late in the evening.
@alquizar (480)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
I think It's nice to have that kind of policy so that the youth will be disciplined in going home on time and the bad companion of friends will be avoided.As much as possible youth should be always be guided by their parents so that they will be on the right track on whatever they plan on their life.
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
as what i heard from others.... the most dangerous place in this world is our house.... and inside our house the most dangerous area is our kitchen.... but if the house is the most dangerous place... therefore, no need for a curfew.... i think there are only 3 ingredients for a crime to happen: Opportunity Will Chances in the absent of only just 1 of it, crime will not happen....
• United States
24 Jul 11
I don't like the idea of curfews just because I don't like governments doing the job of parents, but I realize, in the real world, many parents don't care enough to reel in their children. Parents SHOULD be so involved in their kid's lives that there would be no need for city/county curfews, but I'm living in a dream world, I guess. I've seen some pretty strict curfews making criminals out of fun-loving kids who really mean no harm, but you can't deny it keeps kids safer overall. It also makes the streets safer for adults who are out trying to have a good time. Around here, the curfew rules are countywide and limited to teens driving with passengers on the road after 11pm and if they can prove they are returning home from work or related responsibilities, there is no action taken. Most kids get off with a warning anyway. City statutes that I've heard of have tried to punish the parents but are not very popular. Direct action against the kids seems to be the primary concern. I would like to see the parents taking more responsibility since rules like that shouldn't be needed if the parents were completely in control, but with people having to work strange schedules to make ends meet and the large number of single parents in society now, it is hard for society to blame the parents. All things considered, I guess I have to support curfews, even strict ones starting as early as 7pm in some places, but I don't think the police expenditure in manpower should be that great to enforce it. Sort of like catching speeders 5 miles over the limit: it depends on what else you find whether you bring the hammer down or not!
@minimoyz (277)
• Philippines
24 Jul 11
Howdy! Off course no one can know when or how crime might happen. Anywhere, anyhow even in the confines of our homes crime can happen. This step that the city made is just for preventive measures and it will be a big factor to minimize crimes. This act that the city imposed will help a lot in the peace and order of the city. Nice move!!
@dodo19 (26669)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
24 Jul 11
I do think that this could certainly be a good idea. Whether it works or not, only time will tell, but it's still an idea that could help. Although I do understand why the parents would be held accountable, I would also think that the teens should be held somewhat accountable as well. After all, the teens were the ones who were out late. Granted the parents are responsible for their teens, but the teens could have gone against their parents, or something like that. But I still feel that it's a good idea. It is something that could help them.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
24 Jul 11
I think that it is a good idea, however 11 PM seems a bit unfair to teenagers who maybe on teh weekends could stay out as late at midnight. I'd have suggested a curfew of midnight. Of course I think it's a good thing to do as it will protect the citizens, including the teens, and will prevent crime that the teens themselves may have been committing, or thought of committing.