Pros And Cons Of Curfew Laws

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Picture this: a teenager wants to go out at night in order to work on homework with their friend. Their parents say, “All right, just be back by midnight.” All of a sudden, a cop bursts through the door yelling, “No! You have to be back by 11:30! That is the legal curfew!” That doesn’t seem fair for the children, or fair for the parents. Many parents have used curfews in order to keep their children out of trouble. Some don’t have to, their kids know better than to be out at a time that isn’t safe for them. But ultimately, it comes down to the kids individually. In some situations a curfew is necessary, while in others it’s not. This rule shouldn’t be generalized to the point where every child has to follow the same rules. There should not be a legal curfew for minors because it assumes negative behavior of minors, it wastes police resources, and it violates the rights of juveniles. Curfew laws assume that all teenagers are “rebellious” and “up to no good”. Having one curfew for all juveniles is unfair because it assumes that all minors act the same way, and it interferes with how parent’s want to discipline their children. Every child is different. Some may often get in trouble and be rebellious, while others are more well-behaved and focus on their academics. Parents should individually choose when their child’s curfew if, according to their own child’s behavior. Some kids may not need a curfew, while others need to learn to behave appropriately. Not to mention, it is a
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