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Should teens be given the right to make their own decisions?

Asked by: adi_singh
  • Why is everyone so controversial on this topic?

    This is really stupid to debate on. I'm a teen typing this, i'm making a choice to write this, your making a choice to read this, and your making a choice to judge this. I'm sorry to tell you this but news flash, NOBODY'S PERFECT YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN IT- Hannah Montana

  • Teenagers should make their own decisions.

    Teenagers all around the world rely on their parents for every single piece of information and decision that they need. I believe that teenagers need to make their own decisions otherwise they will be relying on their parents for the rest of their life. And that would be bad. S

  • Teenagers are independent.

    Teenagers need to learn how the world works and they need to make their own mistakes. This will set them up for life and make them more responsible. Many people beleive that the brain is not fully formed until you reach age 20, but the brain is actually fully formed by the age of about 13 - 15.

  • They are growing up and they need to learn how to be independent.

    A lot of kids need their parents permission to do almost anything. Such as going to a friend's house or going to the movies with friends. I think that kids at the age of at least 14 should make SOME of their own decisions because they need to know how to make smart choices in life.

  • Yes they should.

    Today teens can't own a business, make healthcare decisions (except reproductive), marry, get a job without a parent's permission and permission from the state based on a medical exam, they can't leave their home without their parent's permission or they will be considered a "runaway" and cops will arrest them and put them in juvenile justice and anything they buy, even with their own money, can be taken from them by their parents at any time for any reason. Basically their parents control their lives. Before the industrial revolution people got married upon puberty and in all mammal species, the animal is an adult upon puberty. Many Americans believe a misinterpreted study that the brain is not fully competent till 25. It's usually fully competent around 12-15.

  • Teenagers should be given the freedom to make their own decisions.

    I am a teenager writing this and I say that teenagers should be given the freedom to make their own decisions as if we make the wrong choices now, it will not be as fatal if we make the wrong choices later.

    Many parents believe that because they are more experienced, they should make decisions for us. I do not go against this statement, but people never thought of : What happens when our parents are no longer here for us? No one lives forever and the only way to make sure that we make the correct decisions when the time comes is that we make decisions when we are younger. It all comes with trust.

    When you are young, you make small decisions, if you make the wrong choices, you make small mistakes and learn from them. When you grow older, the decisions you make becomes bigger and bigger. If teenagers are not given the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. They will make bigger mistakes when there is nobody to help them in the future.

    Why are our parents so successful in life? Because they were given the freedom to make their own decisions. They had hard calls and they learnt from them. Here is something for you to think: If parents are so successful now without anyones help, why can't their children do the same?

    Therefore , I think that teenagers should be given the freedom to make their own decisions.

  • Absolutely Yes, no question

    Many people on the no side are stating things such as "if a teen makes their own choices in life, they will end up on the wrong path and make a major decision". Even though a teenager will likely make mistakes along their path to adulthood, so do adults, and don't you learn from mistakes? Taking away the freedom of a teenager is only going to 1. Make them more prone to making awful mistakes because they never had the chance to learn from their minor ones and 2. Make them more rebellious and eager to break the rules, even if what they do is drastic.

  • There are some teens smarter than adults

    Many adults make stupid choices. Teens make smart choices especially if they are in all advanced classes in school (like myself). Shut up everyone on the no side. Not letting a teen make any decision for themselves is too harsh. They will hate you. I hate you. . . .

  • Teens aren't property

    I could go on and on about this topic, but kids don't belong to their parents. They aren't some sort of property and you don't get to boss them around just because you made them. If your teen really isn't mature enough to make decisions for themselves, then you as a parent have obviously done something wrong.

  • Yes they should

    A lot of adults say on the other side that they shouldn't be given the right to make their own medical decisions because they lack experience. It is their body, they should be able to take care of it the way they see fit. We are human beings, not property. No one should be treated like they are because of a number. If they make a mistake, they should learn. They can't be babied by their parents forever

  • Human brain stops development in early 20s

    Since the part of the human brain that affects judgment only stops developing in the early 20s a teen should not be allowed to make their own decisions. Anatomically speaking, they are unable to properly make sound decisions. An adult should make decisions on their part. Don't you think so?

  • Teens should not be allowed to make their own decisions

    What if teens are allowed to make their own decisions and later make or cause problems for themselves, who are the people going to be the ones going up and down solving the problems the teens have caused? Parents. So why not fix the issue now than making more problems for yourself. Why don't you the parent teach the teen the right way to go so he or she doesn't make any mistake at the time she or he is allowed to explore by themselves. So they can be able to tell right from wrong because i can assure you that some teens that are allowed to explore by themselves without the help of the parents always get worse in life not all but some.

  • Teens shouldn't be goven the right

    To make their own decisions. As these teens are young, how they perceive the world is different as how an adult perceives the world. For example, whenever teens judge people of the opposite gender, they usually judge a person based on how he/she looks. An adult on the other hand, would judge someone based on their character. Thus, i believe that teens should not be given the right to make their own decisions.

  • Friends and fellow countrymen, lend me your ears!

    Everybody on this side of the argument is an idiot. Meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep meep.

  • No they should not.

    Lets say for instance, if kids are grading their teachers. They should not be able to fire a teacher because you are mad at them. Kids are still young and they should not decide wither or not a teacher keeps their job. Kids brain's aren't even developed yet. Kids are silly.

  • It is just the beginning

    Teenage is just the beginning of your adulthood.When your are a new recruit in your company do you take all the decisions?NO, because u lack the experience and knowledge.Ultimately the bottom line is that if in case a child is taking a wrong decision his/her parents must have a say.So that later in his life the child does not regret

  • Teens aren't experienced enough in life

    I believe that teens haven't experienced life as much as adults have. They haven't realised the reality of life yet, which makes them unable to make wise decisions and they end up in a mess. Parents, after all, are there to guide their children through adolescence and prepare them for adulthood. After becoming wise, sensible and mature adults, they may make their decisions all they want. But they should follow their parents' advice for the time being, avoid making hasty decisions and learn as much as they can everyday.

  • Teens get as much as they deserve

    Asking a teen if they should be able to make their own decisions is not up to anyone but the parents of that teen. They are the ones who can judge the actions of their kid and see if he is worthy enough of making decisions. If not then that means that they weren't behaving in a way that was mature. If you want more authority over your life you need to show that you can act a certain way.

  • I say no

    Teens are but a child.. They haven't had a say as a teen for many years and as far as i know, they are getting really far that way. I believe a parent is a parent for a reason, if the world wanted teens to make their own decisions they wouldn't been considered an adult by the age of 13 or 14.

  • Experience is what matters in Life

    Adults have more experience than teens do no matter what. They have been in the system and are in change of raising you. When you turn 18 go ahead and pay for your insurance and bills, not to mention food and see how well you do. Your parents have spent countless on you, providing for you, with all those listed above not to mention they are paying your health insurance so the reason are obvious why you cant, you just a kid.


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