Juvenile curfew ordinances are present in the United States. However, there are issues that block its effectiveness. There are several questions regarding its nature such as, does it keep children out of trouble or does it just unnecessarily restrict them from having fun?
According to critics, it would be unfair to keep citizens who are below 18 from going beyond curfew hours just because of the fault done by delinquent minors. In contrast, some parents believe that minors are not yet capable of doing things without discipline and guidance.
To resolve this issue, here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages regarding the curfew intended for teenagers.
List Of Advantages Of Teenage Curfew
1. Parent’s peace of mind.
Those kids under 18 must be under adult supervision as much as possible. In this sense, they are less likely to get into trouble. Also, parents are confident enough to see their children at home and not out there somewhere late at night.
2. Safety for teenagers.
It is quite risky to leave teenagers driving or hanging out late. In fact, driving at night should pose great danger compared to traveling during daytime. More so, they are kept away from temptation to use drugs, sexual abuse, violence, and the like.
3. Control of parents.
Keeping teenagers at parent’s care while they are underage will enable them to set boundaries in life. Perhaps this is why teenagers under 18 are called dependents or minors due to the fact that they need mature people or fully grown individuals to look after them.
4. Prevention against juvenile delinquency.
Once kids get out of the house very late at night, they will no longer be protected under family environment. In this case, they will be a lot more vulnerable to crime and other criminal acts that involve teenagers below 18.
List Of Disadvantages Of Teenage Curfew
1. Oppressive parenting.
The imposition of curfew for teenagers will disable the ability of kids getting involved in the management of the home. This is because although at an early age, they already have their own beliefs, goals and opinion that are often overlooked by parents.
2. False security.
Sometimes curfews are just being used as instruments by parents and authorities in order to curb juvenile delinquency. Sad to say, curfew is never a cure-all medium to keep teenagers from violence and crime, as well as a way to discipline them.
3. Hindrance to maturity.
At times, parents impose curfew that teenagers should observe to avoid being punished. For this reason, it can restrict them from asserting, learning, and negotiating with parents to deal with what the real world can offer. More so, they become less adaptable and may get culture shocked if raised under curfew law.
4. Job opportunity issues.
Most often teenagers who aim to work during graveyard shifts are not given the opportunity because of curfew. In fact, it discriminates young people to do a living in order to support their families and themselves.
The rule of having curfew might be useful at one end but not on the other. Teenagers are expected to behave as they are because they are merely kids. Thus, this type of tool might not really work to all teenagers out there.
Crystal Lombardo has been a staff writer for Future of Working for five years. She is a proud veteran and mother. If you have any questions about the content of this blog post, then please send our editor-in-chief a message here.