Teenagers should be allowed more freedom. Give your views for or against the topic.I am not asking for a complete essay, I just want a guideline- a set of points that could make a good essay. By...

Teenagers should be allowed more freedom. Give your views for or against the topic.

I am not asking for a complete essay, I just want a guideline- a set of points that could make a good essay.

By 'freedom', I mean freedom on the parents front and the social front.

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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 .

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many excellent points are made in the previous posts. I'm sure teenagers have been debating this issue for centuries, and I don't believe teens today are any better suited to handle extended freedoms than they were in the 1800s or 1900s. I believe teens should be given more freedoms as they grow older, and as long as the individual is responsible with his/her decision-making, further freedoms sould be allowed. Teens who take advantage of their extended freedoms and run into problems--bad grades, drugs, arrest, etc.--should expect restrictions to be put in place by their parents. Most teens probably don't recognize the importance of two examples found in the previous posts: Brain activity is not complete until people are in their early 20s, and life experience is something that only comes with age.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would agree that some teenagers can handle more freedoms. Some cannot. The teenage years should be a time when children test their abilities but still have a safety net of sorts. It should be a time to move into adulthood but teens are necessarily ready for all the freedoms they desire. For instance, a teen who is participating in underage drinking or drug use might not be ready for the freedoms they have. Such a teen might need a curfew or less freedom to attend the venues where the drug use is taking place. On the other hand, a teen who proves responsible in borrowing a parents car might be ready for more freedom such as a car of their own. It really depends on the individual. I don't think you can make a blanket statement about the freedom of all teens. 

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would suggest that teenagers who have proven themselves capable of making good decisions should be allotted more freedoms. On the other hand, those who have had "issues" following the rules should not be allotted more freedoms. Basically, those teenagers who have proven themselves to be trustworthy should be allowed to do more. That said, once he or she makes a decision which goes against the rules, the "reins" should be tightened again.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The only way to learn to make good choices is to have the freedom to make bad ones. If kids make smaller bad choices when they are little, they will make better choices as teenagers. The same is true of teenagers making choices on their own to learn how to be an adult.
atlaswave | Student

@#23 . . . You must be correct but only about yourself that you can make good decisions. You cannot gurantee about others. I am a teen too.

I think us teenagers deserve more freedom as long as we make GOOD decisions and be in control of our actions. with freedom, we have choices and mistakes to make to develop us into the person we are and to not make the same mistakes we made the 1st time.

atlaswave | Student

My personal opinion is that teenagers should not be given freedom. And let me say one thing, freedom means to go free from some prison or tyranny/rule. Parents do not rule us, the things they do are only for our betterment. Also freedom does not depend on age as 'teen'. Some are more mature than teens and some are not very mature. Example, Susan's mother will allow her to go out of city because she is more mature and elder. Susan's younger sister also asks for permission but gets rejected because she is not mature. The difference of age is only 1 year.

plshelpme | Student

I think teenagers have enough freedom already. Too much freedom one could argue. The London Riots of 2011, was a perfect example of this.

dsouzac | Student


Some affirmative arguments:  Yes, if the teen has already proven to be resonsible and careful, gradually parents should  begin to allow less rope holding him/her back.  The prcess of growing up requires some freedom and room to grow.  it also requires parents to learn how to let go albeit, gradually at first.

If the teen has not yet had the opportunity to prove his/her ability to make good decisions, then that should be the starting point.  Taking on more freedom is also taking on more responsibilty and both are processes which can take time, sometimes risks, and hopefully always good lessons to build on for further endeavors

Some negatives:  At fifteen you, as a teen are still under age to drive and in many cases to have a job.  These two restrictions are major disadvantantages and limit your freedom to come and go as you may please.  There is the transportation issue which often puts you in a position of depending on someone else, older and questionably responsibleand there is the issueof earnings - everything costs money.  It depends on the specific freedoms you are seeking - sometimes with the freedom comes a compromise of some restrictions and mutual agreement/respect between teen and parent.

Good luck and make good decisions.  Above all, be safe.

Posted by dsouzac on October 27,2012

High School Teacher/ NBCT


astrosonuthird | Student

Yeah! Correct............

mmillar8537 | Student


  • Teenagers should be forced to learn from their decisions/mistakes
  • Freedom is a power that anyone can possess
  • With freedom comes responsibility, as one matures and becomes responsible freedom should act as a reward


  • Most teenagers are not mature enough to make good decisions
  • Teenagers usually easily succumb to peer pressure
  • "The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint." Freedom is a right and like all rights it can be taken away.

*Not sure if any of these points are even relevant as it is 1:24 a.m., I tried*

slander | Student


slander | Student

The term freedom can be different from one to another, as well as tosocieties ..ect

However, the question is how free dose a teenager wanna be? 

It is a difficult stage , that's why you can find most parents get more stricket with their teenage children, and almost everything becomes forbidden. However, as a result teenagers think of their parents as retarded  and that  they don't get it and stuff. But the truth is we are the ones who don't get it.

Because when we become parents in the future and responsible for our own teenage children, then we'll get it. Cuz we'll be afraid of them making huge mistakes in their lifes, the kind of mistakes that they'll regret  their whole life.

An important fact, which most of us almost forget is that a teenager is still a child.

Nowadays, the world is becoming more dangerous, that's why parents try their best to protect their children, for the above I don't think allowing teenagers more freedom is a good idea cuz it'll round their personalities and insanity.

generalcody | Student

Me being a teenager obviously goes to school and at school you notice that some teens arent grown up yet, there still crazy and hyper and you think that if you did give them a task for example gather the leaves, theyll make a mess of it.

so unless they act adultish freedom isnt a good option.



(my first post in this site)

astrosonuthird | Student

hello bullbudder. How old are you?

astrosonuthird | Student

Read the peom '' Not Lond Ago ''


It was written by Alisha Raghavan.

suzannah304 | Student

I recently read in a book that freedom doesn't mean that you are free from all the works and decisions and have nothing to do. Rather it means that you now are free to make your own decisions. Teenagers should be provided with the freedom so that they will be able to take good decisions in their life.                   Hope it helps.

luiji | Student

You have to be careful that you aren't stereotypical, and make sure you're specific about which groups you're referring to, because there are some teenagers who have lots of freedom, and some who have little or none.

judyd3 | Student

A good argument for teen-agers getting more freedom would be the following:

The consequences for most teen-age mistakes (sex, drugs, etc.) are built-tin. If you drink, you have a hang-over. If you have sex, you must deal with the emotional problems afterwards.

Let's allow teenagers to begin to become adults. At one time (and now in some societies) teenagers are mothers and considered adults. Let them learn from their mistakes.


If you want to argue against .   the biggest argument is that the frontal lobe of our brains (consequences of our actions) is not completely formed until mid-20's.