Should the government laws rule that teenagers stay at home during the regulated time every night?
Seen as the apples of a country’s eyes, teenagers as a special group of youth are often brought under hot attention. The related issues of their academic performance, diverse interests, secrets of growth and personal safety constantly arouse people’s debates and wait to see more justified conclusions of the society. Under the claim of so called “for teenagers’ consideration”, some educators and supervisors strongly hold that government laws should impose stricter rules which require teenagers to spend time at home every night to guarantee them sound and safe environment. Yes, we do meet challenges when teenagers grow up, but solely shying away from the possible problems and holding up demands lead to no solutions but might backfire sometime. Thus, instead of regulating teenager’s time staying at home evening at night, government should seek better ways to promise their healthy growth.
Firstly, more rigid limitations on teenagers may trigger their rebellious consciousness that results in aversion to guidance from adults. We attach so much significance to teenagers that they have to face abundant burdens from every aspect. They are required to follow various school codes and control their surging hormones to behave as well as possible. They are told to prepare all the quizzes, tests, papers in class and all the games, matches, competitions after class. They listen to their parents to be good kids, try efforts to meet Dads’ expectations and digest frustrations of academy and despair of first love silently. Pressure mounts! They can well use the evening to do something they like and relieve the stress accumulated in the day. If the laws were to enforce unreasonable regulation on teenagers to stay at home, they would be deprived of the scarce time of enjoyment at night. When the “protection” of society goes beyond the boundary, it may touch teenagers’ tense nerves and fire their rebellious spirit. Such rule is seen as not only an obvious invasion of their private time but also absurd restraints from the society, leading to worse consequences like thought conflictions and protestant silence that benefit neither side.
Secondly, society should put adequate trusts in the more educated children who can regulate themselves better and save the society lots of troubles. Worried about teenagers’ lack of personal discipline, people might argue the great possibility of their gang violence, sexual behaviors and other headaches of parents and school supervisors. However, society progresses, especially in the area of education. Teenagers now receive considerate and complete education of both knowledge and personality, differently from the previous generation. They learn from various outstanding role models and gradually form their mature judgment of what’s right or wrong under the up-graded education system. Moreover, widespread media also become teenagers’ best teachers to demonstrate the society in diverse angles and show them the virtues of welldoing and penalties of wrong doing. These formal and informal directions help teenagers to think deeply and reflect on themselves. They tend to make wiser choices in daily life, not as those skeptical educators contend. Thus, the night time should be freed and a new generation of teenagers deserves the society’ trust.
Truly, some educators highly concern on teenagers’ safety and maintain that asking teenagers to stay at home during the regulated time at night can decrease the chances of their insecurity. Safety indeed is the priority of the society to consider, but too much water drowned the miller. The responsibility of society is to develop healthy and brave youth, not coward and timid ones. Grounding teenagers at home at night does no good to their development and may instead increase their fear of the outside world and reduce their courage to spend night alone. Never can tender flowers be protected under glasshouses, but they should experience to be tougher. And for the government, compared with constraints of teenagers in the night, they should more focus on improving the general social security conditions and strike any criminal activity that may happen in the communities. Is it necessary for laws to ground teenagers living in safe environment only for their safety? Absolutely not!
To conclude, the society should do a better job in facilitating teenagers to lift burdens, trusting its daughters and sons and enacting laws eradicating dangers endangering its children. Arbitrary prevention of teenagers’ activities at night only results in more serious effects. Therefore, the government laws should not rule that teenagers stay at home during the regulated time every night.