Curfews And Its Effect On Your Child’s Mental Health

Parent's Guide

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If keeping your child’s safety has always been one of your primary concerns, you would probably agree that it is best for your child to stay at home and do some household chores rather than to let them go on an adventurous activity. For working parents, it is a challenging responsibility to keep track of your child’s businesses knowing that you cannot be with them all the time. Because of that, curfew laws have been recognized to advocate and to educate the youth about their limitations.

One of the most common curfews practiced nowadays is a home curfew. This curfew has two types—the juvenile curfew and the digital curfew.

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Effects of Juvenile Curfew On Mental Health

Juvenile curfew, also known as youth curfew, is mainly about keeping the children out of trouble during the night. To maintain peace in a particular area, anyone who is 18 years and below is prohibited or must at least be accompanied by a legal guardian to go on public places during the night.

Parents would agree with this type of home curfew. But not all children, especially teenagers, are in favor of this curfew since they are known to be more concerned with their independence rather than their parent’s safety concerns. Some teenagers would think that it is one of the best safety measures to avoid harmful exposure. However, others would think that it is a sort of rule which violates their social freedom to enjoy and expand their horizons.

The effect of juvenile curfew still depends on how the parents restrict their children. It may result in either a positive or negative impact. For example, telling your child to go home at 5 pm strictly could lead to mental health issues like personality disorders or worse lead to rebellion. As a parent, you have to always be considerate at all times. Too much of something may not be good at some point. Your child would think that it is part of an emotional punishment, false security and a hindrance to maturity.

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Effects of Digital Curfew On Mental Health

A home curfew does not only mean restriction to go out during the night. It could also mean restriction from too much gadget use. Since technologies have been developing throughout the years, children are becoming more of social media users than players of physical activities. Extreme usage of social media may lead to destruction, to poor sleep quality, to addiction and too depressive symptoms. Hence, digital curfew plays an essential role in situations like this.

A digital curfew is setting up a time limit on when your child should need to stop his use of gadgets. It is like a therapy session to control your child’s obsession with media devices. Compared to juvenile curfew, setting up a digital curfew has more of a positive effect on your child’s mental health and well being.  Having digital curfew at home leads to abstinence of gadgets and more exposure to the real world. He will have enough time for sports and sleep which leads to the development of face-to-face communication, to the prevention of anxieties, to the prevention of cyberbullying and to become self-aware.

Understanding the effects of curfew is a helpful means for you and your child to find time what’s best for both of you. Always remember it is also essential to give your child the voice in expressing his thoughts, especially in curfew conversations because if not, he might engage in more risky behaviors.

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