Should parents be punished for their children's crimes?

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Ministers believe that problems on the streets often begin at home and want to make persistent binge drinkers and their parents sign good behavior contracts and attend therapy and training courses. Those who refuse face the threat of court action.

The crackdown on binge drinking comes just days after Britain's most senior police officer Sir Ian Blair called on parents to confront their children over weapons to help fight the knife crime epidemic sweeping the country.

Do you think parents should punished for their children's crimes? Or should teenagers be held responsible for their own actions?

Do you think schools should play a greater role in warning youngsters of the dangers of binge drinking?

Would a different approach to policing be more effective?

Or do you believe the Government should stop trying to tell us how to bring up our families?

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Jenny - posted on 03/23/2010

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Why does it have to either/or? Punish the teens and the parents. Of course it is by a case by case basis but the majority of little criminals running around is caused by lack of parenting or lazy parenting. Many parents these days are more concerned with being their child's freind and being liked by their kids. I believe it is the single greatest threat to our society. We have to do something to change our attitudes around and it seems making laws is the only tool we have at our disposal.

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Teenagers should be held accountable for their own crimes. Like LaCi said - they know exactly what they're doing. A lot of them hide behind the Young Offenders Act because they know they'll get away with a slap on the wrist, so to speak. I a firm believer in "if you do the crime, then you do the time."

LaCi - posted on 03/23/2010

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Teenagers should be held responsible for their own actions. They may be misguided but they know exactly what they are doing. Although I never got caught doing whatever I could have been punished for :) My parents were certainly not to blame. They set fantastic examples for me, but I have a mind of my own, I make my own mistakes and I control my own actions. It had nothing to do with them. I worked in a juvenile detention center for a while, there were kids from very good families who were reckless and destroying their own lives. There were also those with terrible family lives. I'm not stringently opposed to offering family therapy if it seems like it may do some good in getting the kid back on track. Putting the blame on the parents is ridiculous though. teenagers are not children.

Lady - posted on 03/23/2010

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In some cases yes I think parents should be punished for the crimes of their children - of course in some case it wouldn't be apropraite. But a lot of times I think parents just give up and take no responsabilty for what their children are up to. I think if they were going to be made accountable then it would make them start to care a little more.

Although I do think help and councelling should be the first thing ofered to parent with out of control teens but if the parents refuse or don't try then punishment would be the next step.

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