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If a child under the age of 18 commits a crime should the parents be held responsible

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Started: 3/23/2014 Category: People
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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graceee

Con

I believe that the parents should not be responsible if a child under the age of 18 commits a crime. I believe this because, the parents are not all responsible for a child's well-being. You can have wonderful parents and still have a child who is sad and depressed, you can also have horrible parents and their child may turn out to be kind and well-mannered. In addition to this this parents are not with their children every hour of every day there are other influences. They come home and go on their electronics and are influenced by the social media, they go to school and are influenced by the way, there friends act. Maybe their favorite celebrity is a horrible influence. There are plenty of influences that can trigger the actions of a child. If your going to hold the parents responsible than will you have to take every bad influence that the child has ever had with them?
Sophia3810

Pro

I believe that parents should be held responsible for their child's behavior.

"You can have wonderful parents and still have a child who is sad and depressed"
Wouldn't such amazing parents notice when their child is feeling down? If they won't sit with their child and talk it over, are they still wonderful?

If your child comes home and starts playing on electronics right away, they need to learn the pleasure of reading a book. If you let your child do it, you are teaching them that it's all right. If you buy your kids violent video games, you are telling them that it is ok to play them.

"In addition to this this parents are not with their children every hour of every day there are other influences."
First of all, you wrote "this" two times. I would recommend putting a coma between "this" and "parents" and between "day" and "there". Secondly, parents should know where their kids are and whom they're friends with. If one of their friends is a bad influence, you should know that.

A parent should teach their children the right thing to do since they learn to walk. If your child is 15 and they still don't know how to act, it is your fault for not teaching them

(P. S. by you, I don't mean you exactly, nor do I mean to insult you).
Debate Round No. 1
graceee

Con

I said a wonderful parent, not a perfect one. Parents generally do not know what their kids watch on their screens. They do not always know everyone their kids talk to, or who all their kids friend"s are. They don"t always know what they say to other people because as the child gets older it becomes much more difficult to control everything in your child"s life. Does that make them a bad parent? In my opinion no. It has been proven that a child can just be a badly behaved child. Parenting is not the only thing that can make a child"s behaviour turn badly. When a child acts out the parents are normally blamed, but in a lot of cases the becoming of a child is not all nurture; in fact a lot of a child"s behaviour is from nature. Many people see children"s behaviour as a product of their environment or community. Yes parents should be able to notice if their child seems depressed or sad and they can try their best, but that does not always mean it will work. Even though a parent may teach their children to do the right thing and to have good life morals, does not mean the child will listen and if they do not listen it is not always the effect of parenting. Sometimes it"s nature, sometimes it"s nurture but for the times it"s nature should the parents be held responsible?
Sophia3810

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
graceee

Con

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Sophia3810

Pro

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