Stacie L has been an educator for many years and likes to share her experiences and advice. Should law enforcement make juveniles accountable or the parents? Anyone under the age of 18 years is considered to be a minor in most states. Major towns and cities have had curfew laws governing teens but there are groups that will fight those laws claiming that they are unconstitutional. One rally took place at Dallas City Hall and the other one ran concurrently at Bedford City Hall, where the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district already has a daytime curfew in place.
How to Set Teen Curfews and Establish Consequences
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Owens, who has worked for the San Diego police department for nearly 20 years, pulled toward the curb and got out of his car. As he approached, three teenagers slowly slunk out from behind an electrical box: a boy, David, 15, whose identity, along with those of other minors, is being protected, and two girls. Heads hanging, shoulders slouched, they knew they were caught. Were the teenagers picked up for using drugs?
Reasons for Teenage Curfews
Many thought that it would help in curbing social ills among teenagers while others believed that there were better ways to tackle juvenile delinquency. Universiti Sains Malaysia USM criminologist and psychologist Dr Geshina Ayu Mat Saat said that the curfew should be implemented and enforced on a case by case basis, with exceptions given during emergencies and when it involved studies or family matters. The implementation of the proposal, she said, should be based on a guideline that was practical, enforceable, provided for accountability and addressed the root of the problem of social ills among teenagers. The curfew narrows the chances of these happening or at least, keep it under control. Geshina rebutted claims that the curfew would be curtailing the freedom of teenagers as parents were allowed to monitor and limit the movement of their schoolgoing children on the basis of protecting them from harm.
Having a curfew seems unfair and unreasonable, but what many teens fail to realize is that curfews are actually beneficial to their overall well-being. 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. Curfews help teens to become used to setting a schedule which they routinely follow, and become able to develop important time management skills which they will carry out into adulthood. Being able to manage time effectively is useful in a variety of situations including school, work, and personal relationships.