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Teens breaking curfew law with parents knowledge

Date Posted: 2004-05-06

Itoman youngsters violate the ten o’clock evening curfew in large numbers. The surprising discovery from the survey conducted with the 13-18 year old kids was that 90% of their parents know they’re breaking the law, and don’t stop them.

The survey by Itoman City Youth Training Citizen’s Committee Group found a lot of stunning data during their questioning. Some 65% of high school students go out at night, while 50% of the junior high school teens do as well. The numbers, officials stress, do not include students out after the curfew because of participation in private school lessons or tutoring.

The number one late night outings are to convenience stores or rental book stores, video and CD shops. More than 70% of the high school students and 57% of the junior high youth listed the stores as their after-curfew destinations.

A distant second was visits to parks or the beach, with a quarter of the high school students and 11% of the junior high kids venturing out. Hanging out in open spaces with friends was listed as the preferred late evening activity for 15% of the high school students, abut only 6.7% of the younger teens.

Shopping malls and downtown areas attract 8.5% of high school youngsters after 10pm, while five percent of the younger kids go to the public places. Game centers attracted 7.1% of the high schoolers, while a higher 9% of the junior teens hit the game rooms.

On another front, 50% of the youngsters questioned admitted to drinking and smoking.

The Committee Group says “It is a problem that parents don’t say anything to kids. They should be saying ‘don’t go out late. It’s not good to go’”.

The community leaders say parents and kids need to talk more about going out late at night, noting that parents have a responsibility for looking after the kids. One parent responded, though, that “Kids will never listen to the parents anymore.”

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