Curfew is a set time which teenagers will have to schedule their activities around. Generally, this curfew doesn’t change and helps your teen to understand boundaries. It is a wonderful idea for teens to have curfews because it teaches them to be responsible and also considerate of other people around them. As teenagers, it is natural for adolescents to feel like their freedoms are being taken away and that their parents don’t know what is best. However, curfew is put in place for the direct opposite, which is keeping teenagers out of trouble. Curfew teaches teenagers time management, it could lower the crime rate in local areas, and it could give teenagers an overall better relationship with their parents. Because of these reasons, I believe that curfews are a great way to prepare teenagers for adulthood. Most people who discourage the use of curfews attempt to use the argument, “Will this prevent teenagers from smoking cigarettes? Trying marijuana? Drinking? Or hanging with the ‘wrong’ kids?” The answer to these allegations: Not so much. These are all activities that determined teens will find a way to do, curfew or not. In fact, putting a curfew in place can prevent teenagers from the number one supplier of these substances, which happens to be: parties. What protects teens from these and other potentially dangerous activities is not rules and punishments, but conversation and relationships. There is also the argument that enforcing curfews are a waste of time. It turns our police into night watchmen, checking kids’ ID cards when they should be doing the serious business of policing the district. Curfews attempt to place blame — or at least punishment —on an adolescent who most likely has no intention to break the law. However, this argument is also not valid because anyone could attempt to break a law, no matter what the age of the individual happens to be.
First and foremost, curfews teach the importance of keeping track of time. They force...
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