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Bangkok Curfew Letter. Mothers, fathers and policemen enjoy knowing that the children of Bangkok are safe with an effective curfew. The curfew has been put in place for the safety of teenagers and to reduce the high crime rate

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Dear Bangkok Post readers, Mothers, fathers and policemen enjoy knowing that the children of Bangkok are safe with an effective curfew. The curfew has been put in place for the safety of teenagers and to reduce the high crime rate. Us teenagers, however, tend to think it is unfair and that the evidence of reduced crime and higher safety is unconvincing. It is scientifically proven that going out with friends to watch a movie, to eat dinner and to go out dancing is a stress reliever. Most of the time, these teenagers just want to have fun and not cause trouble. Most of them keep their grades stable to please their parents so they will still be let out. Above all, most of these teens are not likely to be involved in crimes. I presume all you parents and under-18s who read the paper know about the curfew that was imposed earlier this new year. It was put into motion for the protection of young citizens, who here in Thailand have been known to increase the 13-17 age criminal rate as recent studies have shown. ...read more.

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A curfew violates the right to freedom of speech, civil liberties, and the right to peaceful assembly. Also, instead of positively reinforcing trust in a family, you are negatively enforcing it on the teens, which may then cause the teens to rebel against such unfair sanctions. Imposing a curfew is usually a sign of mistrust between parents and children; in normal circumstances, this is more or less accepted by the teen. However, a city wide curfew may not be seen by teens as fair, useful or wise as most curfews have had no noticeable effect on youth crime; in fact most studies show cities with very strict curfews have the highest rate of youth crime. In the end, it only generates dissociation between youths and the government in many cases such as the teen curfew of New York in 2007. Maybe if the police department weren't corrupt and had more effective techniques to keep the curfew in place, it would eventually become integrated into the Bangkok lifestyle. ...read more.

Conclusion

The lack of performance in school affects grades, effort and social behavior; however, most teens who wish to go out with their friends on the weekend have an agreement with their parents: as long as the grades don't fall, they are allowed to meet up with their friends. This is something the curfew does not do; it is a blanket measure, unlinked to behavioral performance and includes every teen, which I think is unacceptable, as band-aid solutions do not work to solve big problems such as this one. In conclusion, a curfew would create irreparable damage to the Bangkok society, as many teenagers will find themselves sneaking out without permission and getting caught, lying and doing the whole process over and over again. Trust should be something a family has, and a curfew could destroy that because of a silly mistake that the teenager might make. I really think it should be up to the parent to decide whether their child should have a curfew, not the government. Sincerely, Blanca Palmero ...read more.

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