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Parental curfews

Curfews are a form of discipline that almost every one had to go through as a child. But how effective are they in instilling discipline and a sense of responsibility in children? Join our debate

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Be a part of our discussion on parental curfews. The following statements will be debated:


  • There is no good reason for children to be out unaccompanied late at night, it is better they are at home.
  • A curfew alone won’t make your child behave better.
  • Children have a right to freedom of movement, curfews criminalise this and call into question the value system imparted by parents.
  • Parents apply curfews simply because that is a traditional system they are familiar and comfortable with.

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Although children/teens should not be allowed to stay outdoors till late night, yet in my opinion I don't think imposing strict curfews will improve the situation. It in fact does more bad than good. Children can finish their friendly hang-outs, etc during the daytime itself insteadof going out late at night; especially when we all know how harmful that can be. However, I believe it is not only a curfew but also the family environment and values that develop a child's mentality. The parents must also explain their children why a particular act is good or why aparticular act is bad (which, in this case, is staying out late or indulging in wrong practices). This way they will understand you and you will understand them, better. Talking about freedom, yes a certain degree of freedom is necessary and acceptable. But the young ones should know that they aren't supposed to take disadvantages of that freedom! Staying within limits should be the key. Imposing curfews IS a traditional practice, although times have changed and new methods of disciplining children have come up.

Ishfaq Mir

5 February 2013 12:18jump to comments