I agree with post #5 especially the last sentence. My answer would be which teenagers and which freedoms? How old the teens are whether 13 or 19 makes a big difference. Freedoms should come in small steps so that the teens are ready to move forward having proven their ability to handle each small movement. It is also the time when teens make mistakes and need someone there to help them understand what went wrong, take a step backward, analyze, and again take a step forward. Freedoms need to be practiced so that teens are ready for the world outside of home. Without practice, teens are unprepared for the decisions which they must make. Also, when teens have proven themselves trustworthy over time, most rules should become negotiable. A few are ironclad such as no driving drunk, but others such as curfews, or other rules which protect the young teen, can become flexible to allow for the teen's growing maturity. As for social rules, teens need to discuss these with parents or other important adults. Drinking, sex, pregnancy, abuse are all topics teens should have their own rules about so that they know what their own response will be ahead of time. Unfortunately, too many teens don't have anyone with whom to discuss these topics .