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.
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·         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 hour for minors is definitely beneficial. This is not only for those involved but also to there parents and the whole society. This is to ensure safety, minimize delinquency and to promote harmonious societal living.

Not all young men are like what you have said. Because what if their reason in getting outside during late night is valid? If they are students, what if they have to rush school works but they don't have the availability in there houses. I mean what if when they got home late because they have evening schedule and they need to rush assignment that needed computer or internet but they dont have at home? They must consider first all things that can be affected in implementing that law.

Di ako sumasangayon dito dahil minsan may mga estudyanteng may kailangan pang gawin para sa eskuwela, at may mga menor de edad na rin kasi ngaun na nagtratrabaho para matulungan ang pamilya nila

i certainly agree with her minors nowadays tends to believe that being liberated is everything they tend to break the rules because they think that it is their right and the think that this is a way to express themselves by implementing curfew hours many parents will benefit and accidents like early pregnancy will be prevented.

I am agree for curfew most especially for minors. first, for the safety of youth. second, to prevent gang wars and other peer pressures. third, to maintain peace and order situation. we can compare this effectiveness during Martial law eras. or even today in some City.

I disagree with you. Because for me having a curfew is good especially for the teenagers today, so that they will discipline to go home early or to control their time management.

I agree with you on that it advantageous to implement curfew for minors.especially on the current condition of our environment right now.This is also for their own good, this will help them know what the right thing to do at their young age.

Para sakin agree ako sayo kasi hindi naman sulosyon ang curfew para mabawasan ang mga krimen na nangyayare tuwing gabi.

I beg to disagree with you girl because that curfew is good only for those who are not working at night. what will happen if that law might approve, are you saying that those who are working at night may have the possibility to stop their work? I am on the side that you or they might be in danger but let us not put only to on possibility and reason , let us be considerate to others. thank you and good day =))

I beg to disagree with you girl because that curfew is good only for those who are not working at night. what will happen if that law might approve, are you saying that those who are working at night may have the possibility to stop their work? I am on the side that you or they might be in danger but let us not put only to on possibility and reason , let us be considerate to others. thank you and good day =))

Im in favor for Curfew ordinance dahil malaki ang maitutulong nito lalo na sa panahon ngayon. Sa pamamagitan nito kahit papaano ay maiibsan ang kaba ng mga magulang kapag para a kanilang mga anak dahil alam nila na may mga awtoridad na nagbabantay sa lansangan.

I am in favor of having a curfew for minors because it has an advantage. First is for security purposes and second is for time management. Teenagers or minors will be more responsible in managing their time, they will also have extra chances to do other tasks.

disadvantage because for me some families, curfews are a regular part of the teenage years. For others, curfews symbolize the act of taking away freedom. Curfews have their advantages and disadvantages and it's up to parent to determine what works best for each child.

For me A curfew is just another way to control a teen. Teenagers need to learn how to govern themselves and use their freedom. They are on their way to adulthood, where they will have complete freedom. If they are always told when to come home, they might stay out all night or rebel completely when they are free of the curfew.

Advantage because the advantage of curfew is to help make sure that teens aren't out all night getting into trouble with other kids. It will also help them get enough sleep at night since they have to be home by a certain time.

If there's an advantage, there is also a disadvantage and because of that I don't like the idea of curfew for minors because nowadays many youths are working on different establishments and going home late at night, if there's a curfew they would be limited to there jobs. other youths are also involve in extra curricular activities which is the reason why they went home late.

For me I am PRO to Curfew for minors because practically speaking, if this would not be implemented the disadvantage is that minors tend to use alibis just to stay outside during late at night specifically teenagers.Then this would be a big advantage to minors because it helps them to avoid doing wrong decisions.

For safety measures, curfew for minors is always advantageous considering that teens have to be home before late night avoiding peer trouble on the streets, crimes, and other inconvenience such as late bus ride, late sleep, and worries brought to the parents. With the curfew set, minors are ensured to be home early and can do homeworks on time, have dinner on timely on time and enjoy more quality time with the family at home. It also eanbles the minors to have adequate sleep and rest which will make them more alert, creative, and functional at school the following day.

To your comment I am not satisfied. What if those youth outside are those working student, who took the struggles of life just to have money to support there needs? So before implementing it take alook forward to the different angle of situation, if is it necessary to impose.

As your children reach their teenage years, perhaps even sooner, you may begin to wonder what are the advantages and disadvantages of having set curfew hours. As a child, my parents never set a strict curfew as to when we should be home. It seemed fairly implied that we were to be home at a reasonable hour and if we weren't, the consequences that followed would remind you in the future that being home in a more timely fashion would be to your benefit. I never questioned my parent’s style of not setting a strict curfew, probably because I was a teenager and didn't want to HAVE a strict curfew. However, as a parent, your thoughts about curfews for your kids begin to sink in a little deeper and you really start to wonder what is the most effective way to teach children responsibility. It is wonderful idea for teens to have curfews because it teaches them to be responsible and also considerate of other people around them. Teens may not like the idea of a curfew in the beginning and they may fight with parents about it. Parents need to remember that kids will eventually thank you for the curfew when they become a young adult because then they will finally understand why they had a curfew. Don't feel like bad parents despite how much the teens yell at you during the teen years. Teens just don't understand what parents do or say the things they do when they are young. Teens often feel like that parents take away their freedom. Most teens don't understand that teens don't need much freedom since they are irresponsible and not an adult yet. As per Ms. Marjorie says, "Most teens get into trouble, crimes, and other inconvenience such as late bus ride, late sleep, and worries brought to the parents." Hence, Teens shouldn't be treated like adults when they aren't a very responsible person. In a way curfew does help prepares them for the future by helping them to be prepared to be able to handle being a responsible young adult once when they reach that age. It is also important to not extend the curfew time very much. Parents should be strict as possible about the curfew time in order to let their kids know that a schedule needs to be followed with no exceptions allot.

Curfew we consider as advantageous. However it is indeed a fact that there's also negative impact. In our era, in this society we have to accept the reality that people with so called "power" tends to abuse the authority they have. And this is where the disadvantage comes. Minors in different situations, some have to be outside their comfort zone/time and stay late for whatever valid reason. And when caught up is likely to be prejudiced. It doesn't necessarily mean that just because there is curfew they should keep themselves at home on time. The discipline itself should come from ourselves minors or not minors. This is in order to aid the society to maintain peace, avoid crime, and not to blame anybody else for whatever unhealthy circumstances you'll encounter for staying late outside home.

Curfew we consider as advantageous.However it is indeed a fact that there's also negative impact. In our era, in this society we have to accept the reality that people with so called "power" tends to abuse the authority they have. And this is where the disadvantage comes. Minors in different situations, some have to be outside their comfort zone/time and stay late for whatever valid reason. And when caught up is likely to be prejudiced.It doesn't necessarily mean that just because there is curfew they should keep themselves at home on time.The discipline itself should come from ourselves minors or not minors. This is in order to aid the society to maintain peace, avoid crime, and not to blame anybody else for whatever unhealthy circumstances you'll encounter for staying late outside home.

I strongly agree to what Ms. Tomenio have said. It's quiet an advantage to implement such thing as curfews which I contemplate as an effective way of teaching minors the importance of following rules and it could be a way to lessen not only the things minors do (which are basically the things done at night like involving in drug addiction and such things) but also the things adults do to the minors when they are walking alone at nights (which are basically related to crimes). I believe that freedom brings the worst in us. If we are free to do something then surely we'll do it in a manner we want that's why it is very essential to have this kind of thing, to somehow stop the occurence of wrong thinkings and to protect minors as well. And of course, the officials who will implement this should also take all the exception they could possibly think of as it seems like not all are doing bad things at night.

In agreement with Marjorie May Manipon's statement regarding curfew for minors as advantageous, indeed, I find it positively beneficial to both the minors and the parents. Once the younger ones are home before midnight, parents tend to be more peaceful and secured that their children are not out there on the streets exposed to dangers. With curfews, street crimes are hopefully lessened, if not eradicated totally.

Although it has more advantages than disadvantages, for me, curfew has a deeper effect of disadvantages to minors such as parents' mistrust specially when their reason for setting curfew is to make sure the minor is not going in late night dates. And when it is not expressed properly by the parents, the minors tend to create rebellion and that creates bigger issues at home.

I think that setting a curfew is disadvantageous as it creates negative impact to the young minds. The minors might react negatively to this as if they are subjected to a punishment or strict law that the only option for them is to obey. Teens at times may need to share homeworks, rehearse performance numbers, and finidh projects with classamtes on other places, in such cases, curfew stricts them to do so. It is just important that parents' guidance need to be upheld even without the curfew set.

For me, advantageous yung pagkakaroon ng curfew for minors para maiwasan na rin yung mga krimen na kinasasngkutan ng mga kabataan , para maiwasan narin yung pagkakalulong sa bawal na gamot ng mga kabataan.. para maiwasan narin yung mga rape na nagaganap sa pilipinas na alam nman nating laganap na ito sa panahon ngayon.

Having curfew for minors will have a huge advantage in the society and also in our parents. If curfew is implemented, teennagers will be more responsible and disciplined. Its is for their own safety and it gives less worries to our guardians/parents. They will now have their own limitations that will lead to a positively good result.

Yes, I am agree to Angelica Cabagui. It is wonderful for teens to have curfew. Because curfew laws will help and also to protect the teenagers of being irresponsible, and like what she said, it will help to protect teens from any kind of accidents.

I strongly disagree to Shiela Mae M. Laomoc in having the curfew for minors because it takes away their freedom.If teenagers wants to stay out and hang out with friends she'll regret it because of curfew.

I think, having a for minors is a beat weak if people really want to maintain peace and order, especially at night. The problem with having a curfew is more teenagers will likely challenge it. A better way is, why not do patrol checks at midnight, send a police or two at outposts at local communities, watching over teenagers. A curfew written on a sign, will not scare off teenagers looking for trouble, but something actual and physical like a police officer, could scare them off. I think it's better to have police officers roam at night than implement curfew on teenagers.

Sa tingin ko po, curfew is labag ito sa mga napapanahong interest ng mga kabataan. Curfew seems unethical for them. Thus, it is harder for a teenager to act properly which is undersired for many adults. Di po ba, maslalong hinihigpitan ang hawak sa bigas, lalong tatapon, masasayang at mawawalan ng halaga, tapos po, nawawalan ng pagkakataon ang mga minor na experience yaong diverse and creative way of expressing their self na kung saan, sa mga oras ng curfew crucial ung behavior. Kasi nga masmalaki ung tendency na mag rebelde sila dahil against yun sa ethical behavoirs na alam, nakagisnan at nakikita nila sa mga social media. And ung sa operant conditioning ni Frederic Burhuss Skinner, it tells, curfew is a type of punishment which is negative. A negative punishment is a type of punishment that lessens the behavior by presenting an unpleasant stimulus to the behavior.... There, pwedeng mawala ung bahavior na maaari nilang gawin sa oras na na ke curfew sila. Panu kung desired and needed behavior yun...

Im agree that curfew is advantageous for minors because it will keep them safe for crimes, it will help them staying out of trouble. Minors will have better time management & help them to focus on their studies. And also it teaches the minors to be responsible and to follow the rules and regulations. at kung baga di nila inaabuso yung freedom and trust na binigay sa kanila ng parents nila. Aside from that, if there is a curfew naka mind set na sa teens na umuwi ng maaga after school or should I say sa takdang oras dahil dun maiiwasan ang paggala o pagpunta kung saan saan dahil gaya nga ng sinabi ni Shiela Mae, maraming pwedeng mangyari o magkaroon ng mga krimen.

HINDI AKO SUMASANG-AYON SAYO SAPAGKAT KAPAG NAPATUPAD ANG GANYANG BATAS MARAMI ANG MAAAPEKTUHAN UNA YUNG MNGA KABATAANG NAGTRATRABAHO SA GABI AT NAGAARAL SA UMAGA PANO NA LAMANG SILA ? PANGALAWA HINDI LANG NAMAN SA GABI NANGYAYARI ANG MGA KRIMEN BAKIT GABI LANG BA DAPAT MAGKARON NG KALIGTASAN DAPAT SA LAHAT NG ORAS .

With all those continuous crime reports, murders and whatnot which usually happen beyond the curfew hours, it also wanna make me say "I don't think so". I don't think that the Curfew Law is being at it's full duty to lessen street violence. Its not enough that those what we called "tanods' are the only one who patrols a certain area, there must be also a number of police. What we need here is a strong police intervention not controlling by giving people curfew hours because crimes may happen anytime.

Because Curfews will help reduce the crime rate by keeping kids off the street at night. Curfews also teach the importance of keep tracking of time. It will help learn to follow through with showing up to places on time without constantly being late.

For me I'm Pro for implementing Curfew for Minors, because Youth crime is a major and growing problem, often involving both drugs and violence. If this Act was implemented it will help reduce the crime rate by keeping kids off the street at night and to budget their time for other activities like family bonding.

I agree to ms. Mercader because curfew hours lessen the chance of getting into trouble and it also teaches the teens to be more responsible and be more considerate with other people around them. All in all curfew hours is a big help to reduce crime by keeping kids off the street at night

Diasdventageous! Minors will be more rebellious, instead. The only solution is self-discipline and proper guidance of parents.

Diasdventageous! Minors will be more rebellious, instead. The only solution is self-discipline and proper guidance of parents.

I don't agree with this law.. For me it's disadvantageous for those minors who are self supporting because some of them use their spare time to earn money to support their studies.. Many of them cannot support by their parents due to poverty and they are willing to finish their studies to cope up with their present situation in life. If curfew is implemented, many of those students will be deprived of their rights to be a good citizen..

Parent would likely tend to sometimes panic especially when they know that there are rules that may also affect their children when they are seen outside of their houses at the said time. There are still circumstances that minors will go home late especially when there are related to school. Simple reasons like these may lead to fines and may be spending a certain amount of time in jail and these certain these results may further worry the parents. Let us just say that when there are certain excuses that may let the rule to have no effect that means that the rules has loopholes and these proves that the rule or law is weak. Sometimes this loopholes may be covered by adding trials to prove the authenticity of these reason and this kinds of simple mistakes do not need trials in court. Look at how simple law implemented may cause more problems especially to those that may be affected especially to students and their parents.

For me, it is advantage to have a curfew hours for those who are minors, because as of their age they cant have a wise decision. Lets just say they have their own decision but then counterpart of it is the guidance or support of their parents. Lalo na sa panahon natin ngayon maraming menor de edad ang napapariwara ang buhay. Imbis na nakatambay sila sa mga kanto-kanto mas magandang manatili na lang sila sa kanilang mga tahanan. Wala ng gulo sa kalsada tahimik pa. Sabihin na nating kaya may mga security sa kalsada, pero dahil narin sa mga kabataang nagkakagulo sa kalsada kaya sila inatasan sa kanilang pwesto. Kung may curfew para sa kabataan, mas maganda :D

I am against curfew because sometimes I find it unfair and unreasonable. Many students go home late because they have to finish school projects etc. And also just because you are out in the middle of the night doesn't mean that you are already doing something bad or what. I know most parents are not against this, but they should learn to trust their children.

I am against curfew because sometimes I find it unfair and unreasonable. Many students go home late because they have to finish school projects etc. And also just because you are out in the middle of the night doesn't mean that you are already doing something bad or what. I know most parents are not against this, but they should learn to trust their children.

I understand the importance of Curfew, well indeed many teenagers helped by it but it seems that there's 'dark' and it makes me feel nervous though it sounds safe. Well, we all know that some of our government officials are quite abusive into their authority and also, using drugs freely and no one seems to have a courage enough to stop them. It rattles me because drug users dont know what they're doing and they might harm randon people, particularly 'teenagers'. In my opinion, parents must be the one to take full of responsible to their children and not to some random officials they dont personally know. Its up to them to disciple their children and teach good morals and the essential do's and dont's.

I believe that curfew is disadvantageous because there is some instances that students stay out late due to school related activities that they need to finish. We are also aware that there are working students who works usually at night. I think it's too much if they arrested these minors just because they are seen in public places.

I agree with G-ann Rario. Curfew can definitely minimize crimes committed by teenagers nowadays.

PRO. Curfews help us get use to following a normal routine schedule by being home before a certain time each night. One of the advantage of curfew is to help make sure that us teenagers are not out all night getting into any trouble.

I agree with Claire that having a curfew is an advantage for the people in a community because it can help reduce accidents and crimes that involves minors.

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