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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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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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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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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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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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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