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Should children be considered adults at the age of 16?

  • What does age have to do with being an adult?

    Since when do the two come together? The definition for adult has to do with physical descriptions as being fully grown and developed or mental descriptions as being mature and sensible. However, it has come to my attention, and I'm sure everyone else's, that you could find a middle aged "adult" to not qualify as being mature or medical conditions causing him/her to not be fully grown and developed. If maturity and development are to be the defining terms then how is it that we must wait to a certain age to be seen as an adult when we could very well have those qualities at any given age. It has come to my attention that some parents simply want us to make irrational descisions from the lack of experience fearing that we'll make a mistake. However mistakes will be made regardless of age. Taking responsibility for the mistake made at that time is something adults are said to do so why is it that we are not allowed the opportunity to learn from anything? I understand parents live in fear for their child but what if they're underestimating them, sometimes without even being given reason to undermine them. You, as parents or guardians, should know first hand of maturity and responsibility of the young adult, so while they're being at question of a big decision why do you doubt them? "It's not that I don't trust you, I just don't trust what's out there" only works for so long. Everywhere they're at they could be in immense danger, no matter the age, allow them to explore with an open mind, caution and your everlasting support not your fear.
    Also, realize age is simply but a number. In different counties the age to drive, marry, drink, smoke, be considered adult, ect are all different and are always being changed. So why does a number dignify the maturity, experience and or realizations of our lives actions. You may be the guardian or parent but when it comes down to it, it's our life. Instead of imposing or forbidding any big descisions or choices that you believe adults should only make why not help us look into situation with an open mind not a ignorant closed mind. We are forced to make the biggest choice in our lives, the job we want to do for the rest of our days, however we're not allowed to otherwise think for our own? SOME of us are more matured to be considered an adult than many already considered an adult simply through age, despite our efforts in showing our responsibility, knowledge and overall actions in the matter.
    Sorry if this is kind of everywhere but you get the message, this is for every "kid" tired of trying to prove themselves and getting no recognition.

  • Because it's unfair

    I know from experience, my mother has been coddling me for years since I'm an only child, most people I tried to talk to said oh you're just a 16 year old, stop growing up too fast. It's not a matter of growing up too fast, it's a matter of how unhappy the teenager is being where he/she is with their parent, how much they beg to get out of there. I was set to move out, was stable enough to hold me while I looked for another job, and it was something to make me happier. Live my own life, all most 16 year olds want these days. Parents coddle their children too much, you need to give your kid some space and trust them, as well as respect their decision. I know it's hard to let your kid move to another state or even down the street, but you need to. If you don't, you'll end up like how I still am towards my mother. I feel almost no love for her and don't really want to even have a conversation with her now. 16 year olds should be considered adults, it saves the mother-daughter father-daughter relationship, as well as makes many, many teens out there I know are thinking that, "I want to get out of here!" thought right now.

  • Yes, I think that adult age sould be lowered to 16

    The adult age should be lowered to 16
    I. Introduction
    My subject is about adult age. The definition of an adult in a legal concept is a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible.
    And the question is: is a 16-years teenager independent, self-sufficient and responsible?
    During this speech I will prove to you that a 16-years teenager is sufficiently mature to vote and to drive. That’s why I decided to make a speech about that.
    II. Argumentation
    1. We’ll begin by looking at what is done in another country. Let’s see how United Kingdom does: over there, you can work legally full time at 16. It means that you are independent because with your salary you can pay your own flat and your food. You do not absolutely need your family for that.
    2. Another way to become adult is to become responsible, the following example proves that a teenager of 16 years takes his responsibilities: You can be legally in possession of tobacco products at 16 years old. As tobacco is dangerous to health, if you can get it you are responsible because you have the choice to endanger your health or not.
    3. Nearer us, in France, at the age of 16, we’re at high school. And we are expecting to know what studies and what job we want to do in the future, it’s a self-sufficient sign that the adults give us.
    III. Conclusion
    As a conclusion, we can definitely state that the adult age should be lowered to 16. Whether we want it or not, it’s the society who wants us to be adults by giving us the right to earn our life, to own tobacco and to know what we want to do.

  • Because everybody is fully grown by 16

    Everybody has fully grown physically at 16 and in most places in the world they can have sex at 16 as well. Also in the UK at 16 you can work legally full time and you can also be legally in possession of tobacco products. This is why 16 year olds should be considered young adults.

  • It depends on how you look at it...

    I think you become an adult at whatever age you finally grow up. It could be 16 or it could be 25. Its whenever you decide to mature and take on your own responsibilities. You choose when you become an adult. But most don't fully take on responsibilities until their in their 20's

  • Stop coddling kids

    Maybe take a look at other countries around the world, ones with true hardship, and you can see that children mature and 'have to' become adults to adjust to their surroundings. I strongly believe that young adults -- and that's what these 'children' are, young adults -- should become independent much younger than what they are in western societies. The essence of the problem with young adults in western culture is they are so ill-equipped to deal with real life problems. Why must parents coddle their kids so much? You need to take a step back and let them flounder for a while. If they're really going under, help them. But overall I believe if we went back to the basics, looked at humans from the perspective that we are animals, then we'd all be much better off.

  • Yes they are.

    They should be able to be responsible for certain actions that are undertaken, however, they are still reliant on their parents. It really does depend on what type of sixteen year old you're looking at, some are much more mature than others. With the mature ones, it puts them on a similar level to adults and much beyond their peers, even without making large decisions that an adult would. Should it be said that the first time you make a large decision is the first time you truly become an adult? If they are still children, why are they allowed to have children of their own?

  • I know completely from experience.

    I know completely from experience, due to the fact that when my sister was 14, she had her own apartment, the one that she still has now, and she is more successful, more responsible, and more understanding than my parents, whose ages are 45 and 40.

  • They should be sentanced for their crimes

    I think that if a sixteen year old "child" is so immature that he decides to commit a crime with the hopes to make some sort of statement he should by all means be sentenced or trialed. Because they believe that they are mature enough to speak for their age group than they should be given the same treatment a 20 or 30 year old would

  • With Crimes yes

    if a 16 year old punk thinks he is old enough to smoke drink and steal then yes send him to prison with the big boys maybe that will nocl some sence into his cancerous little mind i say if a teen ager (16+) commits a hard crime or has a baby give him all the same treatment as an adut like taxes.

  • This is gay

    Encouraging sexual content in high school at the age of 16 (sophomore) I don't think children should be able to be considered adults at the age of 16. I don't think they should be able to because for one they are in school. If they are able to do the things adults do at that age then that increases the amount of pregnancies, and more trouble during high school. A big change would be tobacco usage because high schoolers will think is cool, and then schools would have to change their policy about tobacco at schools. Most people at the age of 16 are not fully matured so they would be encouraged to do stupid things, while being an “adult.” Teenagers would not be making smart choices at this age so therefore they should not be able to be an adult at the age of 16

  • Can a Lion Can be President

    Beacuse they don't have a good reasoning yet. Some teenagers can't make good choices, some of them do what there friends tell them to do. So how do you want to consider them as an aldult life don't makes sens to them yet. /IAMAGROWASSMANBITCHHHHHHHHHhHHH thank you and have a nice day

  • Can a Lion Can be President

    Beacuse they don't have a good reasoning yet. Some teenagers can't make good choices, some of them do what there friends tell them to do. So how do you want to consider them as an aldult life don't makes sens to them yet. /IAMAGROWASSMANBITCHHHHHHHHHhHHH thank you and have a nice day

  • 18 yrs old is NOT 16 years old THATS it

    What do you guys think about that , should 16 years old boys and girls be considered adults ? What are the benefits and what are the negative points ?

    Tell me what you guys think , every opinion is good so lets hear you guys out come on !

  • 18 yrs old is NOT 16 years old THATS it

    What do you guys think about that , should 16 years old boys and girls be considered adults ? What are the benefits and what are the negative points ?

    Tell me what you guys think , every opinion is good so lets hear you guys out come on !

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