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Should a curfew be introduced for young people?

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Should a curfew be introduced for young people? Introducing a 'youth curfew' is a very controversial subject because a lot of people have many different ideas and opinions. Some may be strongly opposed to the idea whilst others are in full support of this suggestion. Many young people have been criticised and discriminated against as there has been an increase in teen-crime, but is it fair to curb all teenagers because a few are unruly or misguided? The word curfew itself has very negative connotations, suggesting the situation is dire. If people are forced to stay at home for at least ten hours, then something must be seriously wrong. One question that may be pertinent here is about teen crime, is it really so serious today? Since 1995 there has been a significant increase in the number of crimes committed by young people, but most of these crimes aren't caused because the teenagers have a natural inclination to vandalise, destroy, thieve or assault. ...read more.

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It is also a time where they can meet up with friends and have fun. Is it right to take away this privilege from them? When deprived of this freedom it may actually cause an increase in more delinquent behaviour. Some teenagers however may not like the weekend much as at night they might feel pressured by friends and others to do things they may dislike or feel is wrong, for example someone being pressured into taking drugs. A curfew, therefore, may make them feel less vulnerable. In addition, elderly people may be scared to leave their homes at night time for fear of being harassed or assaulted by younger people. I think it is a shame that elderly people feel like this and if this is the case then the introduction of a curfew may make them feel safer or more confident to go outside when it gets dark. ...read more.

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Shouldn't the area have some activities for youths to do so they don't have to resort to vandalism and other wrongful behaviour? This shows that maybe youths are ignored in society and the illegal behaviour could be a cry for attention? I think that if teen crime is becomes a really serious issue with elderly people afraid to leave their homes and parents worried sick about their children then introducing a curfew is acceptable. On the contrary when curfew is just a way to stop teenagers leaving the house whenever there are more serious crimes out there I think its wrong, and that the authorities are too quick to blame teenagers rather than find other sources to the problem. I agree that in a grave situation where teen crime is out of control that introducing a curfew is an answer to the problem however is it fair to use the youth population as a scapegoat and punish them for crimes which they did not necessarily commit? In conclusion I believe the arguments against imposing a curfew on young people are more persuasive than those in favour. ...read more.

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