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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I disagree to you for me it is ADVANTAGEOUS because Curfew is good for Minors because their so busy to their belongings but at the time strictly and go to their home. it can lessen the worrying of the parents and it is good to the teenagers to avoid danger and nowadays teenagers suffers from early pregnancy other engage in alcohol drinking, drugs, sometimes expose to bad influence due to night out gimmick of friends and barkadas. So for me curfew given by parents and guardian must be strictly guided.

I disagree to you for me it is ADVANTAGEOUS because Curfew is good for Minors because their so busy to their belongings but at the time strictly and go to their home. it can lessen the worrying of the parents and it is good to the teenagers to avoid danger and nowadays teenagers suffers from early pregnancy other engage in alcohol drinking, drugs, sometimes expose to bad influence due to night out gimmick of friends and barkadas. So for me curfew given by parents and guardian must be strictly guided.

i think curfew is disadvantageous because even you are at home early, it doesn't mean you are safe,sometimes crimes happen at home.

Hello. I disagree on what you have said because If the student have a work or other school activities, he must show a proof confirming the said activity because not showing proof could mean that it is just an alibi. This is done for their own safety.

i beg to disagree your comment, the intention of having curfew is not taking away us from freedom, kundi to protect us from such crimes outside.

having curfew can't prevent having relationship with others, because of the use of technology and what if your parents are working and you are alone, how they protect you? do you think you are still safe

i beg to disagree your comment,how they are going at home earlier and avoid different crimes if malayo ang inuuwian nila and what if they are have a research and group project, tapos traffic pa.. anyare sa curfew?

Giving a curfew is not the sign of having no trust at their children's. It's a discipline for them, and a protection for them. If you will teach them about it they will not be hurt.

I respect your opinion, curfew does not mean that seniors do not trust us, but because they LOVE us. They just want us to be protected. Curfew is not about yourself alone but for everyone.

I respect your opinion, Curfew are all about elimination of crime, and also it is also for the security of minors to be protected from all dangers.

I respect your opinion, Curfew are generals it is for everyone, what about others who do not have discipline they need it. About students who are working it's not a problem because as long you do not do anything wrong it's okay you can prove it to the Barangay Officials.

HI Baloy, I've read your comment about curfew for minors and I understand your stand because I'm a student also and I admit that there are so many activities in school,but sorry to say that I am against your stand, for me it is advantageous. Curfew for minors doesn't mean that it will limit them to do their projects/homework/activity etc. in school but to simply protect them from harm that typically happens during those time,late at night.

Hi Mr. Joenel Cruz, I've read your comment about curfew for minors and I respect your stand about it.Sorry to say that I am against your stand because for me it is advantageous, the reason why youth tends "nagwawala kapag hinihigpitan" is because they don't know how to respond properly to such disciplinary actions like curfew.It's just part of a discipline that our government will implement and to help also our parents.

Hi! I have read your stand and I respect your opinion but sorry I have to disagree because I think, through this the teenagers would learn to utilize their time more effectively and efficiently knowing that the curfew shortens their time. I like how you pointed out the effect of being caught in their future, but, the curfew is a form of law. It has to be followed. Thus, it promotes discipline among teenagers.

I have read your stand and I respect your opinion but sorry I have to disagree because as you said they are working, so they’ll be staying at their work place. And regarding to the school-related activity, they can stay at someone else’s house for the time being until such time that the curfew is no longer effective.

Hi! I have read your stand and I respect your opinion but sorry I have to disagree because in the first place projects especially assignments are considered as home- work. It must be done in your home. BUT if it’s not possible for you to finish, school hours for me is enough also for you to accomplish it. But yes extension until 9 in the evening can also be a consideration but not to the point that you will spend the whole night making it.

Hi! I have read your stand and I respect your opinion but sorry I have to disagree simply because, given, they are only MINORS. They should not stay at those public places especially in the late evening. Are you not aware that most crimes done by criminals are made during night? And the sad part with this is that kids and teens are more being attacked or mistreated basically because they are weaker than older man. That’s why I am against of what you are saying that “place can be safer even if it exists without curfew”. No, it’s not.

I disagree, there's no minor that is working student, because their age is not capable to work.

Advantage, by having a curfew parents would worry that their children would sneak at night. And it also would prevent having minors into accident at night because mostly I think that bad person were always present at night.

Advantage, by having a curfew parents would worry that their children would sneak at night. And it also would prevent having minors into accident at night because mostly I think that bad person were always present at night.

Advantage, by having a curfew parents would worry that their children would sneak at night. And it also would prevent having minors into accident at night because mostly I think that bad person were always present at night.

Disadvantage, they say that live your life to the fullest so I think that while young we should experience thing that life has to offer. And the curfew is a restraint of freedom for any human being.

Disadvantage, dahil bawat kabataan ay may karapatan na maging Malaya. Ngunit dapat mayroong parents concern. Bawat kabataan may dahilan kung bakit sila lumalabas ng gabi so hindi dapat magkaroon ng curfew.

Advantageous, In times like this where crime commits everywhere people specially minors should take extra precaution for their safety. They should not be allow outside after hours where crime rate is higher. Safety of their children should be prioritize.

curfew for minors.i agree. a curfew would make it harder for teens to fornicate thus reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions..

disadvantage! because youngsters nowadays is making a revenge for their parents and we all know that the only reason is because they controlling us like a baby!

Di disadvantage ang curfew hours for MINORS kase wala pa sila sa legal age. At makakatulong yun para mas maging ligtas sila.

i disagree with your opinion. hindi naman sa lahat ng bagay e krimen ang nangyayari sa loob ng bahay. aksidente lang yun. mas malaki pa rin ang possibility na mapasama ka sa labas ng bahay lalo na at mga minors pa lang naman ang pinaguusapan.

di po ko agree sa opinion nyo it is because hindi maganda para sa mga minors ang nasa labas pa rin kahit hating gabi na. baka kung ano pa mangyaring masama sa kanila e . oo nga may karapatan tayong lahat na maging malaya pero kung hindi naman makakabuti sa atin bakit pa natin gagawin.

Curfew is advantageous because it will increase the safety of the teenagers and also it will restrain them from doing things they shouldn't do such as involving in drug addiction and violence. It won't take any of teenager's freedom but rather it will help them to become more responsible.

I agree that curfew is advantageous because it lessens the occurrence of violence among teenagers at night and it will give them enough protection they needed. It will also give them time for their families instead of wasting it doing nothing at night.

its advantages but it is useless because now the children is so cruel and did not listen to their parents

it doesnt that if the minors are in the outside of the house their commit crimes because it up to the minors if they do bad things

being disciplined of one person does not get in curfew because good disciplined get in your self and for me curfew is not good

I disagree because the more you restrict a person from doing things, the more he/she will do it. Curfew, in a way, will take the freedom of the minors and i think it won't really lessen the chance of engaging to addiction because they can do it by day and it's not something that can only be done at night, same goes with the crimes.

I also agree with what Emuel Nuez have said. Implementing curfew will really lessen the possibility of the involvement if the teenagers ti crimes, addictions and alike. The influence of those who are engaging on the said things will also decrease if a certain community is being regulated that's why curfew is really advantageous.

I disagree because some students need to stay out late to finish their requirements and if curfew is being implemented, it will treat all youth as violators which is unfair to those who are not actually doing bad things.

curfew for minors is advantage to prevent crimes and disasters

Curfew is an advantage because society today is not safe anymore. also, it will discipline every minors to come home early. and to prevent them in getting involve in any troubles and crimes that happen during the late nights.

I personally believe that curfew had a lot of advantage in our society, first it will discipline the youth and prevent them out of trouble, since most of the violent crimes happen at night. If they are responsible enough to abide this law, the percentage of crimes such as rape, violence etch here in our country will be lessen. It also help the teenager to become more focus in their study instead of wasting their time hanging out with their friends, and more importantly, it helps to tighten the family, since the parents had a time to have a bonding with their children.

Curfew for minors is advantageous. Not only does it make the parents feel at ease knowing their children are home, but also, it helps prevent these minors from being future delinquents. Curfews can also decrease juvenile crime rates.

It is an advantage because it helps us teenagers to prevent from bad influences such as drinking alcohol, addiction from drugs, or early pregnancy.

It is an advantage because it will help us teenagers to be discipline to our self, and it also helps us to prevent from drinking alcohol, drug addiction and early pregnancy among women.

As for my opinion, it is advantageous for minors to have a curfew to prevent them from incidents when the night is out. It can help them to be more responsible in their acts and prevent them to commit crimes in a juvenile age. Curfew was made for them not to be restricted to be free but to protect them in any possible ways.

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