A parents considerations when thinking about giving their teens freedom are primarily:
- How can I keep them safe?
- What will help prepare them for life as an adult?
There is almost no chance that giving a teen unlimited freedom will keep them safe. Most teens have a feeling of immortality that only a near disaster can shake them out of (I know I did).
As far as preparing for life as an adult is concerned, some teens do a good job with this, but most really expect life to come knocking at their door (I know I did). If you give teens the freedom to prepare or not prepare in whatever way they see fit, most teens will waste a lot of time and fall behind.
With all that said, teens should be able to earn greater freedoms as they get older and show maturity.