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Most of the time, I feel like I am so different from my friends. They have never been told to be home at a certain time, but I am a different story. Ever since I could remember, I have always had a curfew. My parents always told me that I had to be home by 6:00 p.m. Sometimes I would sit in my room wondering why my parents gave me a curfew. Are they punishing me or do they just refuse to allow me to have fun? One night when I felt so perplexed at why they would want to lock me up in my home every night, I finally walked up to my dad and asked "Dad, do I really have to have a curfew? I am a responsible daughter and student so why do I have to have a curfew. Why am I always imprisoned at home and my friends get to have fun?" My dad then sat down beside me and said "I and your mother are not trying to imprison you at home or restrain you from having fun with your friends. We just love you so much that we want to protect you from the dangers at night. We know that you are responsible and we trust you very much, but it is just that we do not trust other people. The curfew we have given you is for your safety. You are our only child; therefore, we want to have you for as long as possible. "
After listening to my dad, I finally understood that curfews are not as bad as I thought they were. I thought my friends' parents were so cool for not giving them curfews, but now I know that my parents meant well for giving me a curfew. Parents who set curfews for their children are keeping their children safe, strengthening their relationship with their children and helping their children to prioritize their time; therefore, students should have curfews.
First and foremost, curfews will keep students safe. Most students enjoy partying, drinking alcohol and taking drugs with their friends. As they get drunk and high from the drugs, they tend to get into unnecessary fights that may lead to serious injuries. The students also have the tendency to drink and drive which may lead to deadly car accidents and result in serious injuries to them and the person in the other car. In addition to receiving serious injuries, they may as well be obtaining a police ticket and having to pay for car damages and hospital bills. The students may also encounter dangerous individuals that may attempt to rape or kidnap them. If they are home at e decent hour, they avoid such dangers of the night.
Secondly, curfews will help develop stronger family ties. When students follow a curfew and come home at a decent hour, they are able to spend more time with their family. As they spend more time with their family, they learn more about each other and are able to do various fun activities together. With time, their family grows closer and there is more love and understanding within the household.
Thirdly, curfews will help students prioritize their time. When students follow a curfew and come at a decent hour, they are able to use the extra time they have at night to fulfill some responsibilities at home such as washing the plates, filling up water bottles and babysitting younger siblings. The student may also use their extra time during the night to do homework that is due the next day or get a head start on a project that is due maybe a month later just do the project is well prepared. If the student is a religious person, he or she can use the extra time at night to read the Bible, pray and reflect on his or her life in terms of his or her religion or faith.
Most students say that they are mature, careful, responsible and trustworthy enough to take care of themselves from day until night without having a curfew. Even though a student may have all of these qualities, it still may not prevent them from unexpected dangers during the night. The numerous parents who actually give their children a curfew say that most of the unexpected dangers that their children are put in during the late hours of the night are caused by other individuals. For example, a student may be strolling in his or her car around town and suddenly a drunk driver came behind the student while distracted by trying to open another can of beer and suddenly hits the students' car resulting in serious injuries to both the student and the drunk driver. In this possible scenario, it is not the fault of the mature, responsible, careful and trustworthy student, but another unexpected individual was at fault.
With all of this said, it has been proven that curfews are a good idea; therefore, students must have curfews so that they may be kept safe from unexpected dangers, develop stronger ties with their families and be able to prioritize their time. I encourage all parents to give their children a curfew because it does not matter how trustworthy, careful, responsible and mature your children may be, it is better to prevent any such dangers that may occur than wait until it is too late. If you do not want to see your child lying in a hospital bed suffering from extreme pain, give your child a curfew.