Top 10 Rights that Children and Teenagers Should Have

The Top Ten
1 The Right to Vote in Government Elections

Many adults are so paranoid that young people will make immature decisions, yet it was adults that elected Donald Trump from The Apprentice as our president. There's no need to be paranoid - kids who decide to vote would be passionate about the issues, and will know how to take politics seriously. People once said women weren't capable of voting either, and those people are on the wrong side of history. Children and teenagers live in society and are affected by the laws of the country just like adults. Anytime you deny one group a voice, others will exploit them and abuse their power over them.

2 The Right to Speak Up for Themselves Even to an Adult

We want to stand up and voice our opinions but if we do it is called "talking back", "rebellion", "disrespect". First of all, some people don't want us to have opinions, but get angry when they ask us for our opinions. Second, if no one fought against Britain there would be no United States, and they were called rebels, THINK ABOUT THAT. Third, we aren't respected, not one person I know could be treated like a Domesticated Animal and still have respect for that person that treated them that way, respect is to be earned, not forced.

3 The Right to Self-Determination in School

The #1 option was "democracy in school" but then it was removed (I guess because it didn't have the word "right" in it). So I added this option instead. Schools imprison more people than all the jails in the world combined. Kids are forced to work like slaves for a dozen years of their life. They are seen only as future workers, not human beings with a right to make decisions and live their lives as they choose. Some kids actually like school, but most kids do not, and they should have an equal voice and say in how their community is run.

There are many "democratic schools" (in America, many of these schools are called "Sudbury schools"). Kids in these schools actually have an equal voice in their lives and aren't forced to go to classes or do homework. Let's hope these democratic schools grow and become more influential.

4 The Right to Choose Their Home Environment

Kids don't leave their home unless they really feel oppressed and/or abused. Give them the right to leave, if that's how they feel. And what kind of stupid process puts a kid with one parent when they want to live with the other parent?

5 The Right to Open A Personal Bank Account Without A Parent's Approval

Teenagers can learn to manage and they learn how to save or spend money.

6 The Right to Own and Manage Property

Teenagers have some property rights, but they cannot manage it, and parents can still sometimes claim their child's property. This makes minors powerless in front of adults, and when one person has absolute power over someone else, they will always abuse that power.

I don't think a 5 year old kid is going to think about owning property

7 The Right to Have Money
8 The Right to Sue

If this was allowed who knows what they sue people for. Like a kid would probably sue someone for not being their friend or other immature reasons. On the other hand teenagers would probably sue for more mature reasons. I would say 13 and up would be better.

Minors cannot sue on their own (without a parent or guardian), so adults can destroy their property with no consequences.

9 The Right Not to Attend School
10 The Right to Choose What to Do If They Get Pregnant

My mom keeps asking me to give her grandkids even though I have a small patience threshold towards kids, especially babies.

The Contenders
11 The Right to Drive and Travel Freely

If kids pass the driving test, why not let them drive? Soon enough we'll have self-driving cars, and then there definitely won't be any excuse to keep young people from driving.

If we won't let kids drive, we should at least let them access public transportation for free.

Kids should be able to drive! The only thing we can do with wheels is riding a bicycle, scooter, roller skates, etc.

12 The Right to Wear the Clothing They Want

Anime shirts and spaghetti straps may be fine. I really don't get why schools don't allow that. It makes the students comfortable with what they wear, but something like with killing or guns may not be allowed.

13 The Right to Disagree With Their Parents Buying a New House

We have the right to disagree, we just don't have the right to choose whether they buy a house or not. We can tell our parents "no, I don't want to move" or "no, I don't want to buy a new house" but we are not the ones who pay for it and who pay the bills. If we were, that would be different. But we do not hold the responsibilities of a household. Sometimes people move because they do not have the money to pay the bills so they move to a smaller house. We have the right to disagree, just not the right to make the final decision, which is a good thing.

14 The Right to Access "Adult" Entertainment

You don't protect kids by shielding them from the outside world. If parents don't like what their kids are watching/reading/playing, they should explain what they think is wrong with it, instead of banning it. Eventually their kids will be exposed to it anyways.

Adult children should have this right too! I'm 26, and once I watched an NC-17 movie "Showgirls", and my mom said that it's "too inappropriate" for me.

As an adult, I am mature enough for that movie.

Teens and even kids are going to get exposed by the way. Even worse, as technology is becoming more advanced, youth culture may get destroyed soon...

15 The Right to Make Decisions Without Being Criticized

A lot of the time, kids are scared to speak out or make a decision because they are scared how adults will respond and weather or not they will be taken seriously.

It's really scary because parents may not understand what their teen is saying is serious.

16 The Right to Drink Alcohol

You see, a lot of teenagers and kids don't know that its kind of not good for you and they don't care. but if you make it legal.. they don't have to steal from their parents.. some WILL go buy a couple 6 packs and chug them and die. adults on the other hand know how childish it was for them to do so (although that's not the only reason why people drink and I'm not saying people who drink are childish, mind you) so they are more fit for the responsibility..

What? No! They're minds are still developing. It's more likely to make THEM drunk than a full grown adult. No. And some teens been arrested for DUI, so I think it's best to keep the age limit at 21 or 18 and such.

17 The Right to Be Part of LGBTQ+ Community and Not Get Judged
18 The Right to Free Lunches

Nothing is free. If the government tells you it is that just means that everyone is paying for it. All this would do is send taxes through the roof.

19 The Right to Wake Up Late
20 The Right to Speak to an Attorney
21 The Right to Get a Job
22 The Right to Purchase a Firearm
23 The Right to go Strip Clubs
24 The Right to Run Away
25 The Right to Serve on Jury Duty

If kids are mature enough to vote, they are mature enough to serve all day on a jury in court

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