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 are humans

    We should be given the right to our own lives and be able to make mistakes and grow. Our parents can guide and support us but ultimately it is up to us to survive in this world and we should be given as much of a head start as possible

  • They are not obeying machine.

    Remember, Teens aren’t obeying machine. I believe they are mature enough to make their own decisions. A person is considered a teenager if they are 13 to 17 years old and at this age, They have earn lots of experience about life. And what do you learn from? Mistakes! Yes! They can learn from their mistakes. Let teens pursue their dreams!

  • Teens have the right to make their own decisions

    Most of the teens just hate advices as they want to leave their own lives and considering that parents are somehow will never agree about making your own decisions as you may cause problems. Well they have to experience mistakes as they will be able to learn from their mistakes

  • Teens can be given more self-independence, But not the right to make all of their own decisions.

    It is true that teens should have the ability to think for themselves, So that they can have better thinking skills when they grow up. They would also be more independent and are able to take care of themselves. However, Teens are less mature and they are more rash when making decisions in life. They can make big mistakes and wrong decisions without parents checking them. Juvenile teenagers smoke, Take drugs because they are free from their parents' control. Some people may say that teens need to make mistakes and learn from them. I would like to disagree. What if you make a big mistake that you cannot recover from? What if you got into jail? Teens cannot be granted the full independence to do whatever they want, And they like. If one has a bright, Lit, Guided path in front of him, Why not take it? Why take one that is full of bumps and curves? Teens should be guided by their parents as to making big life decisions, Such as their career, Budget as well as university choices. Teens are not adults for a reason, They are TEENS, They can have self-independence and take care of small things, Such as their relationships with classmates, Or homework. But, Definitely not all of their decisions. So, There is a limit.

  • Should be able to make their own decions

    What if the child is in sever pain and the parent says no pain meds but the child needs it but they cannot get it because the parent hes said no. Furthermore kids are smart enough to make their own diddly darn choices because only they can know their pain.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Possibly Affects Others

    Teens' brains aren't matured enough to make their own decisions. This means that teens are likely to make decisions based on emotion (because of their developed limbic system) rather than rationality (because of their undeveloped prefrontal cortex). Teens making bad decisions because of these facts not only affects their future, but also possibly others'.

  • No teens should not

    I am currently doing a debate on if we should and i believe teens are not capable of making necessary decisions when it come to medical stuff and anything because they can make wrong choices and the parent would not be able to get them professional help is the teen does not so no

  • No no no

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  • I think it should be up to the parents

    Im 14 and i think that i am certainly not ready to make my own decisions. My mom can better understand ,like, what is going on and can approach the situation better than i would know how to. Also, parents are a lot wiser so they know what is definitely wrong even when i might not be able to see that what im doing may be wrong.

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