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Priya Patel
Mr. Frank
English (4TH period)
October 7, 2012
Should teen curfews be enforced ?
There are many words or phrases that teens dread hearing from their parents; one of these words is “curfew.” The topic of teenage curfews is usually a controversial one. Parents impose curfews to protect their teens, and teens often feel this is an unfair limitation placed on them. Many teens see the adolescent years as a time to break away from their family and parents, and experience more freedom in certain aspects of their lives. Having a curfew seems unfair and unreasonable, but what many teens fail to realize is that curfews are actually beneficial to their own overall well-being. One of the most famous teenager curfews imposed on a young adult was the one that the Fairy Godmother imposed on Cinderella. "You must be back before midnight", she forewarned. Enforcing a teenage curfew is not always fun, but it is necessary. Parents are faced with the daily responsibility of keeping their child safe. This means a parent must know where their child is, what type of activities their child is involved in, who the child's friends are and where those friends live. To keep tabs on the comings and goings of your child, a curfew is needed. Enforcing a teenage curfew means having some type of system in place so that you can contact your child if he/she is late or is in danger of breaking their curfew. Teen curfews should be enforced to help keep teens safe and out of trouble, to reduce crimes, to improve family relationships, and to help them focus in school.

Teen curfews when enforced help keep them safe and out of trouble. Often, it is not the behavior of a teenager that is of concern to a parent, but the behavior of other people and how it will affect them. Curfews are also a way for a teen to gracefully get out of an unsafe or unpleasant situation. It is also important for a parent to know when to expect their child to come home. If a parent is not expecting their...
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