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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It can't be the answer to the prevailing problems about crime and other social issues. Not all minors who stay out late at night are capable of doing things that could actually harm the society. The punishments are too much. What if they're staying out late at night for important reasons? It seems that this law is disregarding that matter.

Disagree ako bro because 70% of crimes are perpetrated by adults, so how come you block the minors only other than that, not all kids are weaker than all adults. if that's the case, why not put a curfew on all female instead.

Disagree ako bro because 70% of crimes are perpetrated by adults, so how come you block the minors only other than that, not all kids are weaker than all adults. if that's the case, why not put a curfew on all female instead.

For me, it could be an answer to the prevailing problems about crime and other social issues. This, I think stems from the thought of protecting teenagers-- the group of people who are young, naive and sometimes irrational. This is an action to promote discipline. I know most of us feels that "wanting-to-be-free". I know we'll come to that time where no one would limit the hours we spend outside. But for the meantime, we could just go with the law... and be safe!

I agree in implementing the law of having a curfew for minors because nowadays we noticed that some teenagers are suffering from early pregnancy, being addicted to drugs and other alcoholic drinks. They are also involved in a riot or some criminal incidence that can affect their future. I also believed that they should be in their houses in the right time to protect them and also to lessen unnecessary incidence.

Curfews can also cause a disturbance in the household if the teenager disagrees with the adults, the result of the argument may vary from a minor level to a concerning level of trouble in the neighborhood. This type of behavior from the teenager will most likely to provoke the adults and will lead to reprimanding him/her which would likely steer the teenager to bad habits. I'm sorry but your statement is of somewhat biased as you are only looking at the good end not the resulting bad end as well.

PRO, curfews promote safeness and comfort to everyone in the vicinity. Curfews also prevent petty crimes and unexpected incidents to happen. And also it holds a great responsibility in the household. People still make their own decisions, whether they are to follow or not. It will also depend on an individuals attitude so that's why being in a curfew situation can a big responsibility.

I agree in implementing curfews for minors and I consider it as an advantage for them. For me, curfews will be the bridge in disciplining the youths nowadays. As we can see, many minors are involve in drug addiction and crimes that are usually happening late at night. Curfews will teach these youths that are involve in violence to lessen doing things that are not contributing in the improvement our society.

Agree because it helps to lessen the crimes happening in our society..as we all know,nowadays mostly of the youth or minors involves in crimes..to be able to lessen those crimes it must have to implement the curfew system.

I agree that curfews must be implemented to reduce minors' liability in crimes and different accidents. Parents would be confident that there children are safe.

Disagree ako na kailangan pa ng curfew system, kase sa panahon ngayon marami na ang mga working students sa gabi at may mga night sched. na rin ang pagpasok sa kanilang paaralan. May mga oras din na ginagabi ng uwi ang isang teenager kapag may mga school works and activities sila na kailangan tapusin. So it is not that important to implement such this law kase may mga pagiisip na rin ang mga kabataan upang isecure ang sarili nila kahet late in the evening na.

Disagree ako na kailangan pa ng curfew system, kase sa panahon ngayon marami na ang mga working students sa gabi at may mga night sched. na rin ang pagpasok sa kanilang paaralan. May mga oras din na ginagabi ng uwi ang isang teenager kapag may mga school works and activities sila na kailangan tapusin. So it is not that important to implement such this law kase may mga pagiisip na rin ang mga kabataan upang isecure ang sarili nila kahet late in the evening na.

I'm also agree in her insights about implementing curfew to minors. Curfew can teach the youth about discipline, as well a way to protect themselves from crimes that are commonly done at night (gang fights, rape, theft, etc.). On the other hand, the implementation of curfew somehow getting lighter as nowadays, patrolling around the area during these hours became less prevalent; as well some parents also allowed their own children loitering in the wee hours of morning. Not to mention, Youth crimes are still at an alarming rate despite having implemented curfew at the given area. Bottomline, curfew can be advantageous to the society if and only if there's a strong implementation and cooperation of parents, officials, and the youth itself.

san ayon ako kase mas mapapabuti ang ang bata . mas magiging disiplinado sila at malalayo sa ano mang uri ng kapahamakan. tsaka mas magiging magandang tiyak ung kinabukasan nila. Pwede rin nila itong madala sa paglaki nila at maisasabuhay nila ito at maari rin nilang mai apply pag nag ka pamilya na sila balang araw.

Nowadays, may mga minors na nagtatrabaho like mga working students. Isa ako dun sa mga working students na yun. Pano kung yung shift nila na katulad ko ay panggabi cucurfewhin pa ba nila kung may sarili naman akong mabuting dahilan? If ever na iimplement nila yung curfew gawin nilang mas mababa pa yung age kasi madame ng tumatanggap ngayon na ang age ay 17 and above. Pano din kung may mga party na pupuntahan na kadalasan ngayon ang mga party dis oras na ng gabi natatapos paano naman kaligayahan nila na minsan lang naman nangyayari kaya maraming disadvantageous yung curfew.

Agree ako sayo,kasii sa pagkakaroon ng curfew hours . mas magiging safe yung mga minor de edad ... Maiiwasan yung disgrasya , pagkakaroon ng away . pagkalulong sa masamanng bisyo at pagawa ng kung ano ano pang kalokohan .. mas matututukan ng awtoridad yung kapakanann ng bawat kabataan at ganun din ang lugar .. maiiwasan ang nakawan at kung ano ano pang krimen :)

Pro now a days, minors are in their personal wills they want to be free all the time, because of being free, most of them becomes abusing. instead of helping their parents in their houses they tend to play with their friends in a computer shop or explore something within their reach and that caused them to be involved in a crime and accident.

I disagree. Curfew for minors is a good thing for us to know our boundaries but sometimes this curfew seems to be over protecting us to explore our limits some may take it seriously that some implementations abused their power that they tend to ask for some token for the freedom when were being curfewed thats why curfew for Minors shouldn't implement.

I'm Pro for implementing this because if curfew for minors will be implemented, maybe crimes will be lessen during night time,and close family ties will be build to them because their attention will be focused on the other things inside their houses.

I agree to you that curfew must implemented because now a days minors involve to a crime during night hour, so if we had this we will prevent crime that involves youth or minors.

I'm again s because Life is a journey of discovery, we humans are socialized, it is our right to be free, so if this curfew for minors will be implemented, it depicts our right to transact with other during night time. Ako kasi sa totoo lang tol naboboring na palagi ko na lang kasama ang pamilya ko sa gabi, I want to mingle with others.

Against I think it is not good to implement curfew for minors, what is the essence of being free if our free time especially during night time will be bonded. Minority is too short so we deserve to be happy because when we have already our own family, we ca no longer do the happiest experience during our minority. _____________________________________________

I am pro or advantageous, kasi marami na ang nagiging krimen sa lansangan lalo na kapag gabi na kinasasangkutan din ng mga kabataan, kaya para maiwasan ito dapat may batas tayong curfew for minors.

I disagree you or I am against of curfew, kasi maraming kabataan ngayon ang nagtatrabaho o working student, minsan ginagabi sila dahil sa trabaho o school nila, at maaari silang matanggal kapag nagkaroon sila ng record sa pulisya.

I am in favor of the curfew implemented by the local government unit simply because this gives discipline among the youth of today. It guarantees safety and it gives comfort to the part of the parents. Above all, through this ordinance being practice by most of our barangays, it creates an harmonious atmosphere in favor of the youth who are free from harm and violence.

Hindi ako sumasang-ayon sa pagpapatupad ng curfew hour sa Pilipinas dahil may tendency na magrerebelde sila lalo na yung mga kabataan. Iisipin nila na masyado silang hinihigpitan ng pamahalaan.

Sorry for countering your comment but for me I absolutely disagree with you that curfew for minors is disadvantageous. The government will not mandated a program which is not good. they have the said program to have a peace and order every night such especially to those young who still out at night doing such bad things! were supposedly they must be at home in the night.

PRO. I agree with Rochelle Miranda that curfew should be implemented by the local government because 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.

I am pro to curfew for minors dahl for safety purposes naman kasi ito. Kasi magiging responsible ka sa sarili mo at magkakaroon ka ng discipline in your own way. Siguro for minors, ok siguro kung 9pm ang curfew. Enough na yun para sa mga after school hours na activities at para iwas din sa disgrasya.

I agree in implementing the curfew for minors. For me, curfew for minors is advantageous for the reason that it would help in minimizing the crimes that most youth is commonly involved. It would also teaches youth to be more responsible especially in prioritizing their time.

For me, Curfew for minors is not applicable at this time. why? because this day people need to work hard to supply their needs like minors. Some minors have jobs to sustain their family needs and if government limit their time there is possibility that they will loose their job. If this curfew will implement how about the students who work for their school requirements. Like me, I am a minor and a student and sometimes I went home late like 12:00 - 1:00 am because of school works. If curfew hours will implement I need to stay on my classmate's house which is disturbing to my classmate's family. And also, when curfew for minors will implement it is another expenditure for our government. They need to expend money for the wages of night guards.

I’m against curfew because some students have some school requirements or school activities to do and they need to go home late at night specially for the working students.

Disagree ako sa curfew dahil may mga students na ginagabi ng uwi dahil sa mga school requirements na kailangan nila tapusin. Lalo na sa mga working students. At may mga instances din na may mga parties na kailangan nila puntahan na kadalasan ay gabi na natatapos. I think, pag mas lalong pinaghihigpitan ang mga kabataan, mas lalo silang magrerebelde.

i do favor in having curfew for minors for safety and protection purposes. As of today that crimes are rampant,same as what weve heard and saw in the news that lot of minors are the victims of rape.

Agree ako! Tama lang yun para maka iwas sa kapahamakan yung mga kabataan lalo na yung mga babae. Alam mo naman na uso yung mga kaso ng rape.

I respect your comment but I would have to disagree. A teenager handed a curfew without the opportunity to weigh in and give input may resort to rebellion. Unexpressed anger about curfew may lead to destructive behavior and angry defiance. Instead of assisting a teenager to develop independence and responsibility, this parenting control ties a teenager up in a web of rebellion, which may even hinder maturity.

Having a curfew is wonderful idea that parents would do. It is a way of disciplining their children to be more responsible and considerate teenager. Their children may never be understand but there will come a time that they would be thankful to their parents because of implementing such disciplining factor to them. Curfew helps them to prepare for the future to be able to handle being a responsible young adult once when they reach that age.

My stand is pro: 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.

It is Advantageous for me because it will lessen the number of crime and it will act as a disciplinary action for minors. It can also helps every individual to interact to his/her family.

Having a curfew is wonderful idea that parents would do. It is a way of disciplining their children to be more responsible and considerate teenager. Their children may never be understand but there will come a time that they would be thankful to their parents because of implementing such disciplining factor to them. Curfew helps them to prepare for the future to be able to handle being a responsible young adult once when they reach that age.

I disagree to Implementation of Curfew for Minors. Though may be the curfew thing may have a positive or good intention on why they do it I prankly stand against It for it limits our youth to explore and learn by themselves Yes may be the older ones are more intellec than the youth but dint they ever recall that once on their life they also thrist for freedom? Dint they felt the feeling of being tame before? I believe that if curfew are to be liften and parents wont be much strike the youth would be more obidient as they say Strike parents makes sneaky teens.

Implementing Curfew for Minor? I agree in this Law because curfews help young adults 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 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.

I agree with you Mr. Sajona, its has a huge advantage of having curfew for minors. Sa panahon ngaun, ang mga bata sa lansangan ay kung anu-ano ang natututunan tulad ng pagdrudrugs, pagnanakaw, at pagiging rebelde. Kaya mas mabuti sa mga kabataan na nasa bahay na ng tamang oras para magabayan ng magulang sa wastong pagpapalaki.

I disagree. You can't just label all teens as irresponsible. The government at this point is being ridiculous by butting into personal homes,lives and disciplinary rules. These curfew times are up to parents because kids are different, so they should be given different times based on their behavior and maturity. If some kids start doing illegal things, well fine that's when the government can jump in.

Curfew for teens is advantageous. These advantages include better time management, less sleep deprivation, and increased focus in school. Also curfew tend to protect teens into trouble because criminal activity or high-risk behavior is more likely to occur later in the evening when parental supervision is not present.

Disagree. Not all teenagers who come late in their houses are doing bad things they think about , that's why I'm against in the curfew for minors . It has many disadvantages for a student like me because sometimes i need to stay at the school to do my tasks.

I think curfew is disadvantageous for the youths especially these days. Night schedules for students are sometimes required. Also, for the sake of those who are working students, particularly to those who have jobs that should be done at night.

advantageous pra maiwasan ang mga gang fight tuwing gabi, lalo na, ang mga minors mulat sa ganitong sistema. isa pa, ung mga minors na nagiinuman sa kalye, uso din yon, tapos ung mga krimen, para maiwasang mainvolve ang mga minors lalo na kapag gabi.

Hindi ako sangayon sa curfew, dahil alam naman natin na marami ngayon sa mga kabataan ang may trabaho at ang iba ay may klase tuwing gabi. at isa pa kung ang nais ng pamahalan na madisiplina ang mga kabataan pero sa tulong ng mga magulang maari parin silang madisiplina.

kasi advantage siya dahil sa panahon ngayon maraming nararape napapatay nalalasing at napapaaway dahil sa walang curfew.

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