Curfew for Minors: Advantageous or Disadvantageous?

A CURFEW IS A LAW enacted by a local or state government that restricts certain people from being in public places at specified times of the day.
Many cities and towns have a curfew law in place to prevent teenagers from being out at certain times, typically spanning the late hours of the night or school hours during the day. Any teenager caught out after curfew can face a fine or even jail time, depending upon the specific laws of the town.
Possible reasons to believe that curfew is advantageous:
·         Youth crime is a major and growing problem, often involving both drugs and violence. Imposing youth curfews can help to solve these problems, as they keep young people off the street, and therefore out of trouble, and prevent them from congregating in the hours of darkness.
·         The use of curfews on minors can help to protect vulnerable children for not all parents are responsible and inevitably their children suffer, both from crime and in accidents, and are likely to fall into bad habits. Society should ensure that such neglected children are returned home safely and that their parents are made to face up to their errands.
·         There is no good reason for children to be out unaccompanied late at night, so a curfew is not really a restriction upon their liberty. They would be better off at home doing schoolwork and interacting with the rest of their families.
·         Child curfews are a form of zero tolerance policing, showing that a community will not allow an atmosphere of lawlessness to develop. Child curfews can help to change a negative youth culture in which challenging the law is seen as desirable and gang membership an aspiration.
Possible reasons to believe that curfew is disadvantageous:
·         What if they have to stay out late for a school related activity?
·         What if they have part-time jobs, for example being jeepney conductors? Many jobs requires staying until night to earn money for their living.
·         It is unethical to criminalize their simple presence in a public space.
·         Once charged even for flimsy reasons, they will have criminal record which might bring harms to their opportunities in employment and so increases the social deprivation and desperation which breed crime.
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Curfew law allows you to do that provided that you are accompanied by your parent, and it would be better to continue your requirements at home.

I do respect your comment about it can govern such freedom of a teenager.My point here is that curfews have many advantages that teenagers might not realize; these advantages include staying out of trouble, better time management, less sleep deprivation, and increased focus in school. When following curfews, teens tend to stay out of trouble more because criminal activity or high-risk behavior is more likely to occur later in the evening when parental supervision is not present.

But how about working students that support their family and studies, think about that. Even if curfew is implemented they should consider the possibility of not all students are supported by their parents because lack of financial support.The flexibility of schedule must be considered specially when it is graveyard shift.

CURFEW FOR MINORS doesn't only eliminate or lessen crime but it also prevents children into bad habits and get into accidents. It can also change the negative youth culture.

I do respect the flexibility of schedule for minors.But on my own perspective i think they can choose better schedule when they working, why would they choose night shift even if they know curfew hours is implemented.Even if they working the establishment must give certificate for those people who are exempted to work in late night or graveyard shift.

I have read your opinion about curfew but for me it's advantageous because nowadays, crimes including murder and drug syndicates were done by teenagers.

I have read your stand but for me having curfew for minors can lessen crimes and it can also prevent them from bad habit.

I have read your stand against curfew and about freedom but for me, it can prevent crimes and it can also teach them how to manage their time.

I have read your stand against curfew but for me, the advantage of curfew is it can prevent riots in the middle of the night and crimes such as stealing and murder. You can manage your time throughout the morning to do everything like studying. :)

"A CURFEW IS A LAW enacted by a local or state government that restricts certain people from being in public places at SPECIFIED TIMES of the day." Curfews helps prevent crimes against minors.

Teenagers need some restraint and guidelines under which to follow. Teens aren't capable of making all decisions and are going to make mistakes, having some rules, such as curfews, can help keep them on the right track.

Hello Froline, I have seen and read your comment about “Curfew for Minors”. I respect your opinion but I beg to disagree. For me, curfew is not about taking away freedom for the youth. Instead, curfew helps in protecting young people to abstain from evil deeds.

Hello L.Lawliet, I have seen and read your comment about “Curfew for Minors”. I respect your opinion but I beg to disagree. Curfew does not mean that senior or parents doesn't trust minors. Instead they simply prevented young people not to engage such crime, especially in our today’s generation; some minors are involved in crime.

Hello Jayzon, I have seen and read your comment about “Curfew for Minors”. I respect your opinion but I beg to disagree. As far as I know, there are so many evil practices are happening in our country and I think out of 100%, there is at least 35% that minors are involved on it. In terms of trust, it doesn't necessarily mean that when parents trust their children, they can’t give restriction on them and also it is much better if parents are still guiding their children in a right way.

Hello Sara Mei, I have seen and read your comment about “Curfew for Minors”. I understand and respect your opinion but I beg to disagree. You’re right that parents should be the one to set a curfew for their children not a government. But for some instance, there are minors, who did not follow their parents and maybe they catch up that attitude outside depending on those people who they can get along with, I think government can also help some parents to guide the youth on the right path.

I respect your comments about “Curfew for Minors” that you choose disadvantageous. For my own opinion, I choose advantageous, as you can see were not blaming others about the things we should or not do. Like our parents, we also have a part and responsibility to tighten our own belts if we follow our parents. The purpose of security units is to supervise and protect us outside our home because it’s a part of their job to always protect us as a people in our country.

Base on your opinion about “Curfew for Minors” that you choose disadvantageous. For me, I choose advantageous because at night, there are some bad elements outside. It’s ok to go on with your activities and work at night but see to it that you had a pass or id to your school and employer. The government makes a way for us to be protected and taking care of in times the people need protection.

I have read your comments about “Curfew for Minors” that you choose disadvantageous. I respect your opinion but for me I choose advantageous because it’s for our own good and for our protection to save us from the bad people outside our home and school. The schools give you authorization with a complete information and time for you to present and also another extra time for your jeepney rides. Just tell the truth so that the school will help you for that kind of incident you encounter.

I have read your comments about “Curfew for Minors” that you choose disadvantageous. I respect your opinion but for me I choose advantageous because it’s for our own good and for our protection to save us from the bad people outside our home and school. The schools give you authorization with a complete information and time for you to present and also another extra time for your jeepney rides. Just tell the truth so that the school will help you for that kind of incident you encounter.

I read your opinion about "Curfew for Minors" that you choose disadvantageous. I respect your opinion but for me, I choose advantageous because there are some good reasons to be implemented for our protection and security especially at night outside our home. There are many ways that we also avoid the hindrances of curfew if we only follow and as a good and responsible citizen, we should also make a way to go outside with a gate pass or id for all the things we should be done outside. The employers give us authorization for our pass inside and outside the work premises.

yes you have the right opinion na sundin natin ung parents natin, pero hnd lahat ng mga teenagers ngayon ay sinusunod ung parents nila. many teenagers has a suspect in crime at maraming teenagers na babae ay nabubuntis. Dahil sa gabi na umuuwi at gumagamit pa sla ng drugs.

yes as student we have many things that have to do out of school because of the project. they have many ways para hnd mahuli ng barangay dahil sa curfew, mgpasundo nalng tau sa parents natin kung hnd tayo makakauwi ng maaga .

because it will secure the safety of all minors living in their respective city.

I disagree to your comment because, going home by night is dangerous for the minors.

I read you opinion about curfew for minor, I dis agree what you say in your statement. Because when we say curfew it means not you do something bad at night and etc.The curfew help the teenager to avoid some incident in the street like rape, trouble and so on.It is one of the government project I want to implement this day.

I don't agree to your comment, because in midnight hours i don't have the teenagers a emergency calls, because of the project. as a leader of your group gagawa ba kayo ng project in curfew time Na itinakda ng barangay. and don't think as a leader of the group i can call of my groupmates as midnight time ?

I appreciate your opinion, but for me, all minors can get their safety from their parents or guardian. Curfew is just an attack for the privacy of the minor people.

I respect your opinion but for me, curfew is just a waste of time. It will just remove the privacy of the people to go outside at night. What if it is important for them to go outside at night? then they will be forced to stay inside their house even if they don't what to.

reduce the crime rates? then why there's a big crime rate involving teenagers in our city? even if curfew is implemented in our city?

I disagree to your statement because, to prevent teenagers in public places who were late hours of the night and to prevent them in a crime to go home safely and prevent them not to do a bad habits. this is because to their wellness and not to worry their parents.

Hi, good day I really appreciate your opinion this article but I disagree what you said that "Sometimes it's because of projects,work,practice, or important things or simply an emergency" In-case if you are have an emergency or project or whatever. You have the right to said your side what happen if you have a invalid reason you are not arrested but you should be honest always.thanks

opo ung parent natin ung nagdidisiplina sa atin, pero ung ibang teenagers hnd nla sinusunod ung mga parents nla. curfew is important to teenagers, because many teenagers are involved in crime and to prevent the early pregnancy to the teenagers.

I disagree to you because, Curfew is advantageous to minors in a way that parents will be more at eased that their siblings are safe at home. And besides crimes involving the minors will be lessen late at night.

I beg to disagree to your comment because, First, it lessen the Noise pollution every night, Second, it helps the minors to be an responsible enough and third it gives us security with the crimes which minors are usually involve.

good day, Ann Jilly Fabian i appreciate your comment about this Article. But I disagree that because your obligation is to finish it early. Because this day most street are dangerous specially to our teenage.Curfew it help us to avoid crime.thanks

I respectfully appreciate your comment Robert Caymon.But I not favor your statement that" They need to use their freedom as teens" Since our country continuously has a crime rate, having curfew to minors would be effective in ensuring their safety and well being.

At first, it is usual for minors to say that curfews taking away their freedom but it's not true. We all have a freedom to do what we want, to speak, to hear, etc. but there's always a limitations. There are some rules for us to be responsible and be intelligent enough that curfew exists because it's for our own good.

As what your comment says, there's a solution for that. You can follow the curfew law without rushing to your requirements in school by having a TIME MANAGEMENT. See? Curfew law will be more advantageous because in such a young age, it teach us to be wise in scheduling ang using our time. Besides, you can do also your requirements in your home where your family can help you with your projects and it can result in a quality time with your family.

If a curfew exists, there's always a solution in your problem. If you're a student you can always talk to the deans or any authorities in your school who can adjust your schedule because you have a valid reason that your house is too far away. If you're working, like I said, you can talk also to your bosses, they will surely adjust your working hours because they know that a curfew law exists and you, as their minor employee must follow the law because your bosses are the one who's responsible if they did not do something about your schedule.

Disadvantageous because if I'm not mistaken, ang mga magulang ang makukulong kapag naka-3rd offense ang mga bata. Ang mga bata pa naman sa panahon ngayon, kapag hinihigpitan lalong nagwawala.

For me, it is just fair enough that the parents must be the one who's responsible in their wild children. If a curfew exists, they will be good enough as parents and they can give an attention that their children need. Children will never feel neglected because of that.

This are my reasons :)

You have a point but it didn't change my belief in Curfew. There's always children who always try to escape even though there's already a curfew outside and inspite of their parents attention. ANG MINORS NGAYON, KAPAG BINABAWALAN LALONG NAGAGALIT AT NAGREREBELDE PA KUNG MINSAN.

I choose to disagree to your opinion Mr. Somigao, Because curfew for minors is necessary for us to help the teenagers to be more responsible and to keep away from the accident.

I disagree to your statement because when we choose to be free our teen in this generation it is a big problem to our society primarily in some teenager that committing a crime in a younger age and many negative act that teenager may do.

Thank you so much for giving me a challenging argument of yours. But this is my anwers to your argument, children will escape if there is something wrong in their family or home or if they feel their having TOO MUCH PROTECTION from their parents that they feel they are lossing their freedom. If there's a curfew exists, it can give a way for parents to learn how to be balance and responsible to their children. If they give enough freedom and enough discipline, their children will never be angry with them and most likely, they may found out that staying at home and being with family in curfew time is better and more satisfying than escaping from home.

Sabihin na natin na hindi natin pinapayagan ang mga bata na makaalis in curfew time, pero pano kunlagi silang may paraan para makatakas?

Legal curfews make sense and should be used and enforced. Research shows that adolescent brains are still developing and that the areas of the brain which control logic and judgment are not fully formed until closer to adulthood. Adolescents need limits and guidelines for their own protection, and curfews can help keep them safer

I disagree to your statement because all of the teen must be more responsible in their life and they must go to their houses when its late.

I think that minors should have a legal curfew because it keeps them safer. If minors are running around all night long they are subject to being harmed more easily. They are also in more danger of being exposed to things such as drugs and alcohol, since it is mostly adults that are out late at night.


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