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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Hi there, as you have said that curfew are regular part of teenage life. But for me it doesn't mean that every teenagers has taken away their freedom. It is a part of disciplinary actions and warning for the minors. For them not to involve in such any crimes and to prevent accidents. Like nowadays, the crime rate of our country continually increasing.

good evening :-) Miss Jomari I beg to disagree with your opinion. Curfew is not taking off the Freedom especially to those teenagers like us. It is more on protecting and securing our safety specifically to the Girls like us.

Reaction to the comment of Froline Carizon. I disagree with your opinion,that for you"curfew symbolize the act of taking away freedom". I am strongly disagree because curfew has its own purpose that teenager will learn to manage their time wisely. It's not about freedom,but about for those teenager safeness that they will come home early.

Reaction to the comment of L.Lawliet. Hi,Good day! I just want to say something about your comment that you think seniors don't have trust on minors. I disagree,having a curfew for minors help us to prevent them from accident or from bad influence, it is not about how you trust but how you implement a regulations better for minors.

hi :) i think having a curfew is advantage because it will lessen the crime involving minors. It can also help the parents to monitor their children. Teenager should be responsible to manage their time :)

With all respect I'm against in your opinion. Curfew is advantageous. Though parents are very caring and responsible enough to take good care of their children, but they are not always there to accompany their children anywhere they go. And in this scenario there are possibilities that their children maybe influence by the other people that surrounds them.

Hi, I like your comment about the advantage of curfew for minors, but I have a disagreement about it also for, you're implying that curfew is meant only for the safety of them, but for me, it limits the freedom, and learning as well that the minors will have. Their self-discipline is not exercised for them selves for law state's it that may be it is against theirs will.

hello miss:-) Teens often feel like that parents take away their freedom. Most teens don't understand that they don't need much freedom since they are irresponsile and not an adult yet. Most teens get into trouble if they have too much freedom to do anything they want to do. 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.

Hi. I don't think that Curfew has a advantages for the youth. As long as they know what is right then they can be responsible enough.

I beg to disagree on what you have said, the curfew minor violets freedom of every young people. For them to protect ourselves in such trouble and other bad things that can harm ourselves and also our friends and our relatives. its really more convenient that the government set a curfew because sometimes the set of curfew of the parents are not followed by their children

Hi Genesis, I'm sorry but i disagree on you.We Don't need the curfew to be implemented just to develop the discipline to the minors,the minors can able to develop their discipline by the proper teaching and guide of their family or parents or even the people around them.

Good day to you. You may have a good reason why you disagree. But I'm disagree with you. It's not like they don't trust their children but they think it can protect and keep their children out from danger.

I disagree with you that curfew is a disadvantage. For me it is an advantage for those minors because now a days most of the minors involve on crime. And we all know that not all parents are responsible of their children.

Good day miss Johanna, I really like your stand about the Curfew for minors but, I have a disagreement about such also, I think curfew is intended for security of all, that was the purpose of that law because now a days crime involving minors are very rampant that is because other minors might be having troubles in their family. There government intervention even in family matters that can't be handled goes in for the peace and security of all in General.

Hi Rolando. I disagree about what you've said because even without a curfew we or the minors can also keep away from the bad habits. Why? Because the only one who can decide to avoid the bad habits is we, why the minors should would do it if they already know that it is bad. And parents can also help their children by proper teaching and guides.

I beg to disagree on what you have said formalejo. You said if they have to stay out late for a school related activity they must present a good reasons. And if they have a part time job and they staying until night they must present their id and tell that they have a night shift schedule.

I disagree of what you said. I more refer that curfew for minors is an advantage because we cannot say if they will be safe in where they are at least if curfew is implemented minors will go home early and parents will no longer be worried. And I really think that implementing curfew will help to lessen crimes involving minors.

Hi miss Gemma, sorry to contrast your opinion about the Curfew for minors, I think you have mistaken for whom we are referring to with this law, minors are said to be "vulnerable" so I think it just right to have such law as you was saying about supervising them. I believe it about preventing them to do or engage in harmful activities or being a victim. I guess there would be a time when they'll be aware enough or free when they are adult or at their stable emotion already.

Hello. I’m sorry but I don’t think that it is an advantage to the minor to have a curfew and about the involvement of the minors in drug addiction, I think it is their fault to involve on it, if they know that it is bad thing to do, they must avoid it. Being responsible and disciplined comes first from us and from our parent’s guidance. And some minors have a part-time job. They work because they want to earn money to help their parents and for the daily needs of their family.

I beg to Disagree Mr. Raymond, because what I think you are implementing is that curfew is the contrast of its purpose, it is just for minors and it is for general security and safety that is for avoiding the minor get involve in like what you are saying the "gangs" and from being a victim. For me curfew is more like prevention for bad thing that might happen to "minors".

I disagree with you. It is still advantage to implement curfew in order to prevent crimes. We all know that if minors is not involve on those crime sometimes they are the victims of those crime. So it is not safe for minor age to stay outside if it is already late.

Hello :) I have read your point of view about the curfew for minors. I don't agree with your answer. Yes, let's say that some people are required to work at night but it doesn't mean that curfew will be a disadvantage. If their work is in a safe place or in a stable condition, we don't need to worry about them. Another one is that it does not necessarily mean that having curfew affects our tourism in a way of socializing with other people. It's not only night time when we need to socialize with others. We have the day time to do that and we have a lot of time for that matter. And last, the security and protection are the concern of legalizing the curfew. :)

Good day! I respect your opinion about the issue but I believe that it's not actually taking away their rights and freedom because parents only want them is to secure the safety of their child.

I disagree with you. In this topic were not referring to all, we only implement curfew to the minors. Curfew cannot affect our tourism as well because we can still socialize and we can do that during the day. And we all know that is not safe to stay outside especially during night.

Good day! I disagree of what you've said. Minors don't need to have a curfew, they already know the right from wrong, they can protect their self because they are responsible and they can avoid all what you have said that might happen.

Hi. I have read your comment about this article but I'm not agree with your opinion. Implementing curfew for minors is not a way of corruption. The funds being collected may be contribute for the community projects or will be save for a future use. Not all of them are corrupt and not all government officials are collecting funds as a penalty. The penalty that the government can do is that they let the minors to clean the street, clean the precinct, etc.

With respect, sorry to disagree with your point of view regarding with the said issue. I guess it is an advantage to have a curfew for minors especially for those students like me. Not always, we can get home early because of some school matter. And the fact that mostly, more minors are wide awake during late time. Which means, with this, when we are on our way home, we feel more safer because of the barangay patrol when that curfew became prohibited.

Hi Miss Johanna. Sorry to contrast your opinion but I think it;s not disadvantageous to set a curfew for minor. You can do part-time work or school activities if you have a consent to your parents or they have a guardian so that they can fetch them. And I think the reason why the government interfere is because they think it's a way on how to prevent and secure the minors in crimes and also teach them to be a discipline person.

Hi! I just want to say that you are wrong for saying that curfew is advantageous just because it can avoid accident, kidnapping and others. Minors have their own mind and they can think of what is right from wrong. Minors might see the reality and be aware of all the thing that possible to happen when they don't have curfew, so that they can depend on their self.

Hi Ate, I think Curfew is a advantage it lessens criminal rate and etc when evening. I suggest that when your school is far from your home, you should pick a right schedule that will not reach the curfew hours and i don't you are always comes late at your home.

Hey! I think you you're wrong! Curfew does not takes away the freedom of teenager, curfew just prevent us from any danger and any bad activities we might do at night. And we are only teenagers we need to focus on study for our future not for any activities at night.

With all your respect, sorry but your point of view is a contrast with what is mine. I think it would be an advantage especially for the parents out there to help them secure there minor children. With that, it helps minimize crime involving the youth in the barangay. To understand things, we just have to be more open-minded since we are all with our security.

Hi Ate, You are wrong. Curfew is advantage to us i don't need to explain that. I will just react to what you have said. When you're preparing from school making your assignments or projects you are outside your home? Curfew is a time restriction in the baranggay or village at night.

Sorry to say but with respect, i disagree with what your opinion is. I think it is better to prohibit the curfew for minors to help minimize the crime involving the youth. and aside from that, if you are saying that it is the duty of the parents to discipline their children, sorry to say that the mere fact nowadays, parents cannot control their children with an easy hand.

In contrast to your opinion, i say this with respect but i disagree to your point of view. Yes happiness is part of our life but i do not think that it is better than our security. How can we enjoy if we, the youth, are not secured and not only minors but all of the citizen rather.

Hi miss Len, I beg to disagree to your statement. Not all minors are aware of the surroundings. Cause most of the time, crime happened at night and their prey is the teens which they think is easy to attack. Moreover, there are minors who are so curious to there opposite resulting they might committed at the early age.

Hello. I have read your opinion about curfew for minors. I'm not convinced on your answer. For me, it's too exaggerating. Being outside the house does not necessarily mean that teenagers are taking drugs, being prostitute, etc. There are reasonable explanations why minors going home late at night like schoolworks.

Good day! Hi, I disagree of what you have said. Minors don't need curfew. You said curfew is advantageous because it can prevent early pregnancy in teens or minors and also can avoid low grades of the student. well, you are wrong. Because if minors are well disciplined and responsible that thing will never happen.

With all your respect, sorry but I think it is an advantage for us. Like you, i am also a student but i also seek for our security. Yes, we do have school projects and etc. But, i think it leads us also to be more responsible with ourself in terms of our studies. Wherein we can do it at home.

Hi sir, I'm against what you have said. curfew does not take away the freedom of teenagers and it is at night, what will the teenagers do at night? They only need to study at night and not roaming around and doing something. And when they have a late activity in school it will not exceed to the time of the curfew because its a school they know the rules.

Hello :) I disagree to your answer. As minors, we are not well aware about the crimes or bad things that may happen if we stay too long outside. We are not ready to encounter this type of incident so implementing curfew is an advantage for us.

HI :) I have read your comment about curfew for minors. In contrary to your answer, staying at school for almost late at night is not enough to say that curfew is disadvantage. We just need to manage our time in order to accomplish our activities as much as possible. We have the other day to do this school related activity. Our parents are concern for our own safety and protection. And if this projects can be done in our own house, it is much better to go home early.

Hi, good day! I disagree on your opinion, I'm not saying this because I don't respect my parents decision. What if there's important thing that we must do, and let's say it has to do with our school work, minors need to overnight on friends house and parents don't let their child. What will now happen to their activities in school. Curfew does not give advantage in this kind of situation. Parents must trust their child and also the minors should be responsible and discipline. And should know the right from wrong.

For me it is an advantage to have a curfew, because if we let teenagers to stay up late and let them do the things they want, it's like that their parents don't have any concern for their children. It's not that their parents is kill-joy but they just want their sons/daughters to be safe.

Let say that they have to stay late at night for their school works and have to stay at their classmates house, but don't you think that the parents of that particular student is also worried for the safety of the classmates of their children? They would rather tell them that they have to go home early or advise them to ask their parent's permission to let them stay in their HOUSE and not in streets. About the dance rehearsals,it's inappropriate to practice late at night and disturb their neighbor that are sleeping.

Maybe some people have to work at night but not particularly the teenagers, they have to apply or ask permission from the Department of Labor and Employment (here in the Philippines)before they can work, And they can only work for only a limited time.

I have to disagree, for me it's an advantage to have a curfew because one of it's purposes is to keep minors safe and it serves as a training for minors to have a good youth culture. If I have to stay up late and be in my classmate house, I will just ask his/her parents if i can sleep their and I will stay inside their house not outside the streets, because my plan is to finish the things i needed to finish, not to stay and roam around the streets.

I have to disagree, for me it's an advantage to have a curfew because one of it's purposes is to keep minors safe and it serves as a training for minors to have a good youth culture. If I have to stay up late and be in my classmate house, I will just ask his/her parents if i can sleep their and I will stay inside their house not outside the streets, because my plan is to finish the things i needed to finish, not to stay and roam around the streets.

I beg to disagree with you. For me curfew for minors is an advantage because now a days not all parents are responsible to discipline their children and not all children listen to their parents. And sometimes minors are victims of many crimes because of lack of discipline.

Very well said Mr. Corpuz. but i disagree on what you comment. form me having an curfew with minors or teenagers, its like they are not in trust their daughter/son,they are like lion in a cage who use to do what the trainer said. many said that having a curfew will avoid using drugs for teens, for me that's not true many of the parents do not know that their daughter/son are intelligence they use to know whats wrong and whats right.


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