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tgcool | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 27, 2010 at 2:08 AM via web

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Teenagers should be given more freedom. Please give your views for or against this statement.

Please provide me with advantages and disadvantages of this type of freedom.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM (Answer #2)

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My initial reaction to the question would be the need for greater clarification as being needed.  When we are analyzing the need for more freedom for teens, what exactly are we trying to expand?  Legal freedoms, social expectations of them, or parental guidances leaning on the side of more autonomy are all potential points of interests here.  I would say that more clarification is needed to this end.  In terms of the general notion of greater freedom, I would say that it has to be constructed on an individual basis.  There are some teens for whom the notion of expanding the general notion of freedom is quite appropriate.  They are mature, can handle different elements, and have shown that they are ready for what adulthood will throw at them.  Yet, there are other teens for whom the expansion of freedom is a recipe for disaster.  These individuals have proven the need to actually have freedom reduced and more boundaries and restrictions upon them are needed as they are not fully ready to handle the conditions of freedom and its child of responsibility.  As with questions of this nature, I believe that more clarification is needed, but without that I would say that if any answer should reside it must be made on an individual case basis.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:52 AM (Answer #3)

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I would agree that some freedoms should be extended or expanded to teenagers, while others should perhaps be restricted, depending completely on what kind of freedoms we're talking about here.

Not many people agree with me, but I do think that the right to vote should be lowered to 16.  That is the most common age of licensing to drive - nearly universal in the country, and therefore 16 year olds pay gas taxes, and more sales taxes.  They are much more likely to work, contributing early towards out Social Security, Medicare and State taxes.  So I believe this is a case of taxation without representation. Many 16 year olds would not use this right or appreciate it, but I do think they should have it.

I also believe in voluntary school attendance your senior year of high school.  College is this way, as is, in the end, work.  So I believe we should stop with the enforcement of compulsory school daily attendance at the senior level.

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tgcool | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM (Answer #4)

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@akannan and brettd i agreed what you said.

Actually the question deals in the freedom which are levied upon by parents on the children like "not to do this","not do that",etc.When these types of restrictions are put upon the teenagers they feel chained in restrictions.They want to live their life in their own way as they fell they are grown ups.

So I would suggest you to provide me with some advantages and disadvantages that how will the teens be affected if freedom is given to them.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:48 AM (Answer #5)

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I believe that teenagers need some amount of freedom because they are close to becoming adults and need to have different experiences in order to learn from them. I also believe that some teenagers are allowed to have too much freedom. Teenagers are still children and some teenagers are not capable of making wise decisions. I think that the amount of freedom that teenagers get is really dependent upon the individual teenager. Some are more responsible than others. Once these children can prove that they are capable of making good decisions then more freedom should be granted. On the other hand, parenting is very important here. Some parents do not care what their children do while others are very overpowering. There really needs to be a good balance.

As a mother of teenager I feel that it is also important to know where my child is at all times. For example, if she is at a friends house I make sure she leaves the phone number.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM (Answer #6)

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I actually think teenagers have exactly the right amount of freedom.  In response to the voting/drivers license issue: it is legal to drive at 16 only if the driver has taken and passed drivers-ed class.  Even then, drivers-ed has hardly made better drivers out of teenagers - so many states have adopted the "no driving with anyone outside of family members for 6 months" amendment and put driving "curfews" on drivers under 18.

I think it is optimistic to think that teenagers would be more responsible if given more freedom.  Teenagers, by nature, are irresponsible.  (So are twenty-somethings, mostly.)   Certainly maturity comes with experience.  But there is also a huge amount of maturity that simply comes with age - and part of developing it is getting through the teenage years because of the lack of freedoms within them.  Kids of all ages thrive inside of boundaries.  Removal of some boundaries, too soon, would be disasterous.

Optional attendance senior year?  Maybe if they were PAYING for the education... many universities actually have attendance policies and to tell a teenager that in the working world, attendance is optional, is as bad as lying to them.  It isn't really optional - if they wish to KEEP THEIR JOBS and actually GET PAID.

For all the tests we give teenagers in school, the one test that seems to slip under the radar time and again is the test of commitment.

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rogerarnold | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM (Answer #7)

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I adamently believe that teenagers should not be given more freedom for the simple fact that they are already out of thier "lock and chain." They do not abide by the standards that society has set. Teens have become to acclimated to the "free environment" that they roam on a daily basis.It is time to combat this freedom and let the abode of the street become,well, you know!

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rogerarnold | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM (Answer #8)

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you want an advantage of freedom! oh,well, let me think.....You know what, how about MOVEMENT! you are capable of moving your body in a free society and are not capable of doing so in a restricted one.thus, freedom is the way we should go! and if you disaggree with me,well, you can just agree with the guy who wrote the post above mine. thanks!

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senpao | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 30, 2010 at 3:18 AM (Answer #11)

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I try,

That just depend on what freedom you mean for it.

As long as it's right thing to do, no harmful, we know ofcourse what will we do, then that just free for teenagers tobe freedom in it.

Assume that one do know that himself is a goalkeeper, then he free to use both hand and foot to protect his goalpost as long as he done it right.

Advantage : You're not paralyzed

Disadvantage : none

 

 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM (Answer #12)

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I actually think teenagers have exactly the right amount of freedom.  In response to the voting/drivers license issue: it is legal to drive at 16 only if the driver has taken and passed drivers-ed class.  Even then, drivers-ed has hardly made better drivers out of teenagers - so many states have adopted the "no driving with anyone outside of family members for 6 months" amendment and put driving "curfews" on drivers under 18.

I think it is optimistic to think that teenagers would be more responsible if given more freedom.  Teenagers, by nature, are irresponsible.  (So are twenty-somethings, mostly.)   Certainly maturity comes with experience.  But there is also a huge amount of maturity that simply comes with age - and part of developing it is getting through the teenage years because of the lack of freedoms within them.  Kids of all ages thrive inside of boundaries.  Removal of some boundaries, too soon, would be disasterous.

Optional attendance senior year?  Maybe if they were PAYING for the education... many universities actually have attendance policies and to tell a teenager that in the working world, attendance is optional, is as bad as lying to them.  It isn't really optional - if they wish to KEEP THEIR JOBS and actually GET PAID.

For all the tests we give teenagers in school, the one test that seems to slip under the radar time and again is the test of commitment.

Well said!  Studies have revealed that a teen's ability to reason is not yet fully developed, so the guidance of parents in important matters is yet needed.  Voting?  Many of the older teens who voted in the Presidential election were ignorant of important issues, to say the least. Reports showed that they voted because of a by-word, the appearance and likablitity of the candidate and other superfluous reasons (Granted, many adults were equally as ignorant of issues). Perhaps everyone should be tested on political and economic issues before voting....

Many European countries do not issue driver's licenses to people until they are 18, not 16, interestingly.  Accidents are fewer with teens there, also. 

What is the rush, anyway?  With freedom comes responsibility; so, is not youth a delightful time?  There are years and years and years that one must carry all the burdens of life him/herself.  It is a tremendous relief to have a loving parent who takes this burden for us for a while. 

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megha10-8 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted September 3, 2012 at 1:30 AM (Answer #13)

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Should teenagers be allowed more freedom?  As a teenager myself I am tempted to say Yes.  But after a careful thought, I realize that we teenagers already have the required freedom.  We are free to take decisions regarding choice of career, courses to study and our future life.    Anything and everything that will affect our lives in the long run is left upon us to be decided, of course in consultation with our elders. 

Further, it is often seen that when teenagers are bestowed with extra freedom they tend to misuse it.  They unknowingly take the wrong path and end up regretting.  they do take up risky tasks without thinking of the consequences, but when things go wrong the situation goes out of control.  They are just not able to handle it.  This leads to anxiety, fear, depression and other negative results.  That’s why we nowadays see increased cases of suicides and violence. 

 But this is not totally their fault.  At their tender age, not being able to judge independently between right and wrong is natural.  The teenager is a half matured child, he craves for freedom, but cannot handle the responsibilities and consequences that come along with it. 

 Proper guidance should be there.  The freedom that they should be allowed should not be unfettered and unrestricted.  If the tremendous potential and willpower is guided in the right directions, it will lead the society towards progress. 

 

 

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ayush1389 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM (Answer #14)

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Teenagers should have more freedom to see what the real world is like. To make decisions without parent consent. Teens also will not be with their parents all their life, and the sooner they realize how hard the world is, the better it is. They will also learn about peer pressure and hopefully not get into it.

Teenagers should have freedom because if they live life not being free then they'll want to rebel against their parents therefore, doing worst things than if you'd just give them some freedom is less likely as long as you tell them why some of the stuff you're not allowing them to do is bad for them. They need to feel like you can trust them enough to let them go out on their own etc.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM (Answer #15)

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Teenagers should be given freedom but not too much freedom because then they oppose their parents which is disrespectful and become haughty and try to take matters into their own hands when they're still a kid. 

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