The Great Young Offenders Act Debate

The debate for September 2000 is:

Does Ontario's new Parental Responsibility Act help anyone?   

Should a parent be responsible for the acts of his or her adolescent child?  

Read the Parental Responsibility Act. Check media sites for more information: CBC News August 15, 2000. 

Read What Other Have Said


City:
Mississauga, ON
Date:
16 Aug 2000

Comments

This Act will create new business for lawyers in defending Small Claims Court actions on behalf of families. 

Parents will be more likely to urge their children to plead not guilty rather than guilty when the child is criminally charged in order to reduce their personal liability for damages. This will result in more Youth Court litigation.


City:
Mississauga, ON
Date:
16 Aug 2000
Time:
15:33:06

Comments

The Bay and Zellers frequently send demand letters to parents of young shoplifters requiring compensation of $300 or $400 for the costs of their investigation. Up until now, lawyers consulted by such parents have generally advised them to ignore the letters or written back to them refusing to pay anything. In my experience the Bay and Zellers historically would do nothing further. With this new legislation, the Bay and Zellers have a powerful new weapon to seek damages from parents. The name of the Act should be changed to the Bay and Zellers Protection Act.


City:
Mississauga
Date:
17 Aug 2000
Time:
14:10:47

Comments

Although parents do influence their children, there are other ways for young people to be badly influenced. If the government wants to hold parents responsible for a criminal act by their child, why aren't peers or the media held responsible as well?


City:
Milton
Date:
29 Aug 2000
Time:
19:37:11

Comments

To some extent I feel that the parents are responsible for their children and how the act. Obviously the parent cannot watch what their child is doing 24-7, but they should know what their child is doing and who they are hanging out with. Parents, I feel, should not get in the way of what their child is doing, but simply have an idea of what they are doing, so that if the child is causing trouble then they can stop the child from doing whatever it is they are doing.


City:
new westminster, bc
Date:
12 Sep 2000
Time:
22:35:52

Comments

i don't think a parent should be fully responsible for their children you can only teach your child the basics in life and tell them what is wrong to do and if they chose to steal, smoke, swear, drink or do drugs there's not much we can really do. they say counselling works but it doesn't sometimes i think they need to be scared straight. hopefully their young enough to straighten out their behaviour if not they become one of those men or women in jail off and on for their lifetime.


City:
Toronto
Date:
18 Sep 2000
Time:
19:59:11

Comments

I think that parents should definitely be responsible for their children's actions. They brought them up, so they should be punished if they did a bad job.


City:
Swift Current
Date:
24 Sep 2000
Time:
23:01:10

Comments

i think that there needs to be a change in this act. Like the ages for which it affects should be from 12-16 and their parents need to be looked at and see if it was the kid that is screwed up or the adult.. anyways i'm doing a current events project on the young offenders act so if there is any new info or news that happens in the next month and a bit could you e-mail them to me.... or post something on here...


City:
Swift Current
Date:
28 Sep 2000
Time:
19:48:26

Comments

It is time parents start to teach their children some morals. I think that when it all comes down to it the child fallows the parent's example if the parent lies all the time and the child sees this he might think that it is ok. Who is really at fault? I think we all know the answer, so take responsibility for yourself!


City:
Hamilton  Ontario
Date:
12 Oct 2000
Time:
22:52:35

Comments

I think Parents should not be responsible for there children's actions. These days, there is not much you can do to discipline your child anyways, if you try to lay a hand on them, they call the police and get you arrested, and now they know if they do something wrong like steal, there parents will get in trouble, so of course they are going to rebel...if they knew the consequences of them being charged themselves, there would not be such a high rate... This is Pathetic!!!!!


City:
Toronto, Ontario
Date:
29 Oct 2000
Time:
22:46:12

Comments

I think the act is crazy. Kids should be responsible for what they did, the parents tried their best to teach their son/daughter the best way to live, and it is their problem they are follow. Kids know what is wrong and what is right. For example, if they don't know that shoplifting is wrong, or even killing someone is wrong, man, they're stupid.


City:
Scarborough, Ontario
Date:
02 Nov 2000
Time:
15:10:06

Comments

I think that although parents should have more control over their kids and not dismiss them, I believe since it was the adolescent, he should pay his time. I'm only in grade 10 myself and I have a friend who shoplifted and is now in big trouble. She stole stuff from Sears and their camera caught her. When she got home, she was really upset. However, I met her mom and seen what was a probable event due to the circumstances permitted. She was never there to watch over her child or even ask her where she was going that night. The night her mom went out the door again and just told my friend to stay inside while she went out with her boyfriend. However, my dad watches over me like a hawk and never lets me set one foot out the door unless he knows where I'm going and who I'm going with. I'm not the one in trouble with the law. Therefore, it is quite a debate on that considering they're old enough to make their own decisions and pick their own friends.


City:
Mississauga
Date:
06 Nov 2000
Time:
19:27:44

Comments

Now, parents will have to be more involved in their child's life and actions instead of their own interests and careers. The nuclear family has progressively deteriorated over the past decade and it is sickening that a parent now values their career over their relationship with their child. Children need all of the positive role models they can get in their lives, and with a lot of single-parent homes they will only grow up with one main role-model, unlike most of us who grew up with a strong family fibre that was not strained by divorce and separation. The actions of people are not innate, but are learned. So, spend time with your child and teach them what is wrong and what is right. I know that parents cannot be with their children all of the time, but with proper teachings, children will behave themselves, follow their teachings and become mature adults with no regrets about their childhood and delinquent behaviour.


City:
w.falls
Date:
09 Nov 2000
Time:
14:50:38

Comments

even as a teen i don't think tat our parents should be responsible for our actions and crimes. if we have enough desire to act as adults, we should live up to the responsibility of our intentions and actions.


City:
Newmarket
Date:
09 Nov 2000
Time:
22:50:19

Comments

Children (18 or not, that is exactly what they are if they have to even be involved with the Bill 55 debate) are clearly responsible for their own actions. However, as a parent, do you not have a responsibility for the children you bring into this world? In order for a parent to be held responsible there is not doubt the Courts will insist that the culprit is a dependant of the parent: ie. living at home, living with the parent(s), etc. Well, if your child is your dependant, take some responsibility for their actions and bring them up to be responsible, law abiding citizens. Take some time every day to spend with your children and teach them right from wrong. It is not a one day, one month, one year, or even 10 year course. It is a course in life that, as a parent, you are responsible for. If it takes your wallets to make you listen - PAY UP!!!

 


City:
Vancouver, B.C
Date:
14 Nov 2000
Time:
22:43:20

Comments

I think that this new Act will give parents more of a reason to get more involved in their children's lives, to prevent them from committing such crimes.


City:
Duncan, BC
Date:
14 Nov 2000
Time:
23:38:45

Comments

I think holding parents responsible for crimes their children committed is insane. Parents aren't the only people out there influencing kids. Parents can teach their kids everything about right and wrong, but ultimately it's up to the youth as to whether or not they commit the crime. If you're going to blame the parents for crimes their kid committed, then you also have to hold responsible the kid's friends, peers, the media, the education system....and so on. Everyone the youth comes across will influence him/her somehow, it's up to them to make the right decision. I'm sure if you remember back to when you were 6 years old you can remember being told to hit your brother was wrong, or hitting a classmate at school was wrong, and being punished if you did so. So by that age you understood the difference between right and wrong. So if youths understand the difference between right and wrong, then why should their parents be punished for it? It's ridiculous. -AD


City:
Sarnia, Ontario
Date:
19 Nov 2000
Time:
13:40:58

Comments

Parents should not be responsible for the behaviours of their adolescent child(ren). There child is old enough to make his/her own decisions. The parent can not be with the child 24 hours a day. If the child does something wrong, they did it not the parent.


City:
LONDON ENGLAND
Date:
22 Nov 2000
Time:
10:05:11

Comments

Parents affect children , research informs us that poverty ,poor parenting ,abuse issues off attachment and separation domestic violence influences children's behaviour from an early age , all these acts of inappropriate anti social behaviour is committed by adults who themselves ,as research informs are more than likely to have been exposed to an abusive parental or supervised environment. In short parental integrity comes into question if they are themselves are dysfunctional or lack parenting skills at the earliest opportunity. C.edwards BA YandC DIPSW


City:
Halifax
Date:
27 Nov 2000
Time:
19:25:10

Comments

A parent is responsible for their children. However, in this day in age, children will do what they want in spite of their parent's wishes. You all talk about children as if they don't have a brain or a mind to think for themselves! They know exactly what they are doing when they do it, so why should parents be punished for that. A mother or father can try to teach a child what is right while raising them and that child may not see eye to eye until they learn from their own mistakes. If they don't like the consequence, they will not do it again. Get rid of the Young offenders act. If a child shoplifts, make them do something like community service for that store for however much the damage is worth. That way, they'll learn.


City:
Springfield, Illinois
Date:
30 Nov 2000
Time:
10:47:54

Comments

I feel that after the age of 12 a child's personality is molded for the future. A parent cannot be held responsible for the wrongful actions of a 17 year old. If the parent spends time with the children then they can't control something that could be mentally imbalanced and should not be held responsible.


City:
S'toon
Date:
01 Dec 2000
Time:
11:32:11

Comments

I think parents and the kids should both be responsible for what trouble the kids get into. They should both have consequences to deal with. The parents, because they are raising the child and the child because it was them who caused the trouble.


City:
Calgary
Date:
02 Dec 2000
Time:
23:53:13

Comments

parents should be held responsible for their children's actions only to a certain point. I honestly believe that a lot of parents have no idea how their children behave in the absence of adult supervision. We minimize just how much influence peers and the media have on children, and therefore parents cannot be 100% responsible for their children's actions. Whether the child is 14 or 18, if they kill or harm someone, they should pay for your crime, not the parents!


City:
Scarborough
Date:
04 Dec 2000
Time:
09:42:37

Comments

If you commit a crime, you have to pay the time.


City:
Ottawa
Date:
04 Dec 2000
Time:
20:06:46

Comments

The way that some children and adolescents behave is quite appalling, and even disturbing. As an eighteen year old female I strongly believe that parents should be responsible for the actions of their children, whether it be two or seventeen children need discipline and guidance. This law could perhaps encourage parents to be more aware of what their children are doing and maybe even stop them from participating in illegal activities before it even begins


City:
Belleville
Date:
08 Dec 2000
Time:
12:51:55

Comments

I don't think that Parents should be responsible for our actions...i think that we know what we are doing and even at 12 we are old enough to know what we do is wrong. Even if we haven't been taught by our parents what is right and wrong, they teach you in school. Parents should not be held responsible.


City:
Thunder Bay
Date:
10 Feb 2001
Time:
19:53:41

Comments

I think it is truly pitiful and an extreme mistake in our jurisdiction to accuse parents for their children's actions.


City:
Brantford, Ontario
Date:
14 Feb 2001
Time:
19:39:42

Comments

I think that the idea of giving young people a second chance at a normal life is a positive idea, but there are so many loopholes in the system, that young offenders that are completely aware of their actions see this as a way to escape the law. Sometimes, young people do bad things, yet do not understand their actions were hurtful. But young offenders are still offenders.


City:
Brantford, Ontario
Date:
14 Feb 2001
Time:
19:46:25

Comments

Follow up to my last remark: Being a 15 year old male, I think that it's only correct to lower the age limit of officially becoming a Young Offender, or, Crack down on these delinquints. Pleads of insanity should not be an option. Let them get counciling AFTER or while they serve time.


City:
Hamilton
Date:
18 Feb 2001
Time:
21:33:42

Comments

I believe that parents are at least partly to blame for how there children misbehave. In today's families both parents work and have less time for their children. Children rely on television and their peers to shape their personalities. They are not given enough attention by family members, and therefore seek out love and attention elsewhere.


City:
Vancouver BC
Date:
18 Feb 2001
Time:
23:06:57

Comments

I think that yes parents are responsible for their childrens actions. If a parent is a good parent then they should have shown their children clearly what the law is and how they can deal with their problems when they have them. Also, children are going to get into trouble because they have to deal with peer pressure and bordome. Also to get attention children tend to veer in the mischivous direction. So if you have a problematic child, it's probably because you the parent haven't punished your child when they do stupid things instead of letting them get away with everything. MT


City:
Vancouver Island, B.C.
Date:
26 Feb 2001
Time:
16:48:02

Comments

You can lead a Horse to water, but you can't make it drink. I am a female about to turn twenty and would not have wished my parents responsible for any of the crazy acts I committed or might have committed as a Young teen. There are so many other factors in life now that contribute to behaviors and emotions such as the media and peers that how can you pin point one thing to produce delinquent behavior. It is hard for parents to spend a lot of time with their children in this day and age because both parents must work.


City:
mississauga
Date:
28 Feb 2001
Time:
10:50:14

Comments

i think that the young offenders act is a good thing and should be implemented more strongly,however i think there would not be so many problems if parents took more time to be part of their childrens lives and actually spent some time with them and instilled a little discipline!


City:
West Warwick
Date:
19 Mar 2001
Time:
13:16:24

Comments

I think that parents should be held partially for their childs actions.


City:
windsor
Date:
20 Apr 2001
Time:
17:20:36

Comments

No I dont Agree with the act at all. Point the finger at the offender not the ones who brought them into the world. we all know right from wrong by 5years of age, we all learn from mistakes . so let the child or children learn, they pay they get a job they lose privilages NOT the parent who tried their best. take a look at society as a whole, and then blame it where is should be blamed.this all sounds like a money mart again, it for someone to cash in at whatever expense.


City:
Belleville
Date:
24 Apr 2001
Time:
11:50:39

Comments

Teenagers today are not listening to parents, guardians,grandparents or anyone older than themselves, unless they have drugs. The teens have a get-even attitude and nobody cares. Teens need 24-7 work habits, whether its work or school. Too much today is left up to the decision of the teens. Tax dollar after tax dollar has/is going out for them (teens) They look at the world as you owe me. Not all teens respond with an attitude like this but the majority do.


City:
Glasgow
Date:
26 Apr 2001
Time:
06:04:22

Comments

A parent should have some responsibility over a younger child who has turned to crime however I don't feel that they should be responsible for an older child who is continueously commiting crimes.

 


City:
Brantford
Date:
21 May 2001
Time:
20:17:56

Comments

Dude thatas some shit, why should parents be responsibe for what theere kids do. The cops don't know if the parents try hard to keep the kids good and out of trouble or dont care. why punish the parents it aint there fault. The kids should have to work the punishment off with community service er somethin like that.


City:
Mississauga, Ontario
Date:
31 May 2001
Time:
22:56:30

Comments

nowadays it's very hard for parents, let alone one parent, to control the actions of their youth. it's not easy being a parent or a child. there are a lot of responsibilities to raising a child. parents can't be with their children 24/7 because they have to work in order to provide them food, clothes, shelter, and all the other needs. parents should NOT be responsible for their children's actions (unless that parent told the child to do wrong). what is going to become of a corupt child with parents in prison anyways. more fingers should be pointed towards the media & peer pressure.


City:
Markham, Ontario
Date:
31 May 2001
Time:
23:24:41

Comments

parents shouldn't be responsible because it wasn't the parents who committed the crime was it? It was the child who committed the crime so why should someone else be responsible when they didn't even commit the crime? People who think they are old enough to commit crimes should also be old enough to be responsible for it.


City:
North Bay, ON
Date:
11 Sep 2001
Time:
11:57:06

Comments

I don't feel that its the parents responsibility for what their children do. i have on several occasions have tried to educate my children on respect of others property but it also has to do with the crowd they hang with. Some parents don't care about their children and another innocent child could be just walking with them and boom-they are accused of damages as well. Its not fair for the parents to have to pay for it.


City:
Childersburg, Alabama 35044  USA
Date:
12 Sep 2001
Time:
21:56:30

Comments

Someone has to be accountable for a child's actions, and since the parents (or parent) is responsible for all other aspects of a childs upbringing I think that it is fair that this too falls in their hands. Then it is the parents call to punish the child as they see fit such as : take away priveliges, allowances, let them work and pay the parents back themselves, etc...


City:
St.Albert
Date:
11 Oct 2001
Time:
15:15:49

Comments

Depends on the age and the crime commited. If the adolescent is a teen, then no the parents should not be held responisble for the teens actions. By this age the teen is able to distinguish between right and wrong. However, if it is totally obvious and provable that the parents are the reason the child is unable to tell write and wrong, then they should be held responsible


City:
Toronto
Date:
05 Mar 2002
Time:
18:08:08

Comments

I find it absolutely appalling that there are person who that parents should not be held responsible for their childrens actions. People like that can blame peer influence and media influence as much as they want but parents have the responsiblity to raise individuals not susceptible to negative influences. I'm tired of living in an individualistic society that refuses to take responsiblity for their misconduct or the misconduct of their offspring as the case may be.


City:
Toronto
Date:
05 Mar 2002
Time:
18:10:26

Comments

I find it absolutely appalling that there are individuals who feel that parents should not be held responsible for their childrens actions. People like that can blame peer influence and media influence as much as they want but parents have the responsiblity to raise individuals not susceptible to negative influences. I'm tired of living in an individualistic society that refuses to take responsiblity for their misconduct or the misconduct of their offspring as the case may be.


City:
Ontario
Date:
16 Apr 2002
Time:
13:47:18

Comments

My home was recently broken into by a 15 year old. We now have a claim against our house insurance, which now means that we have to stay with the insurance company that we are with because no one else will even touch you once you have a claim. We have to wait for 3 years for the claim to be removed. We also now loose our claim free deduction because of now having a claim which means our insurance goes up. I personally feel that parents of Young Offenders should be responsible for the acts of thier children. I feel that now that someone has been arrested and was responsible for breaking in our front door and stealing from us - his parents should have to put the claim through their insurance. We all have insurance that covers damage to others property. I think this is where it should apply. Then we would remain claim free and the 15 year old's parents would have the claim against their house insurance they would have to wait 3 years to become claim free again and they would be the ones considered high risk because of the acts of their child instead of us.


City:
Ontario
Date:
16 Apr 2002
Time:
13:59:43

Comments

Did you know that if I was a dog owner and my dog (that doesn't know right from wrong only instict) runs out on a road and causes an accident, I would be liable. So now you think that a parent who decided to have this child is not suppose to be liable if that child (who does know right from wrong) does something to harm someone, they are not liable? So basically you are saying that you have to be a responsible dog owner and not a responsible parent. Now if you still feel that the parent is not responsible I have one question... WHO IS?


City:
Geogetown, South Carolina
Date:
26 Apr 2002
Time:
11:13:11

Comments

I think it depends on how serious the offense is. I mean like if their child commited a crime that they know was wrong the child should suffer the consequences. If the child didn't know any better, I think the parent should be held responsible for their child's actions.


City:
Toronto, On
Date:
01 May 2002
Time:
11:32:45

Comments

When it comes right down to it the child makes it's own decisions- no: parents should not be held responsible.


City:
ANDOVER
Date:
31 May 2002
Time:
04:42:00

Comments

PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE BLAMED


City:
thunder bay ontario canada
Date:
03 Jun 2002
Time:
12:28:44

Comments

i think that we teach our children right and wrong we tell them of the concequences they our the one to make their own choices.no parents should not be responsible for their childs actions. you the government gave our children their own set of rights so maybe you should be responsible.


City:
Dorset, England
Date:
21 Jun 2002
Time:
10:05:39

Comments

I think this law is very good and useful. it enforces children's and parent's rights.


City:
BLUE ISLAND
Date:
09 Jul 2002
Time:
11:42:26

Comments

THEY SHOULDNT BE PUNISHED


City:
lexington
Date:
18 Jul 2002
Time:
14:32:27

Comments

parent should not be responsible for adolescent action


City:
sault MI
Date:
03 Oct 2002
Time:
21:31:46

Comments

I think each case should be treated special. Not all parents can control their kids and not all kids can follow the law. I know I'm from the states and I don't really have any say but I think that each case should be looked at individually.


City:
fresno,ca
Date:
14 Oct 2002
Time:
14:13:08

Comments

I think its wrong to blame on the parent, because I could only know how to responsible for what i do, i don't think that you anyone could be responsible for what other people do. You can say all you want, but if a person is going to do something, he/she will find a way to do it.


City:
Mississauga
Date:
15 Oct 2002
Time:
09:58:01

Comments

Dear Dog Owner: That your Dog cannot distinguish right from wrong as you say and may run out and cause an accident. Means you are obliged to exercise greater control over your pet and keep him retrained or penned up. That "the child" as you say does know right from wrong there is a presumtion that they are not required to be "penned up". Your answer to "who is" think really hard.


City:
Mississauga
Date:
15 Oct 2002
Time:
10:02:16

Comments

Dear Dog Owner: That your Dog cannot distinguish right from wrong as you say and may run out and cause an accident. Means you are obliged to exercise greater control over your pet and keep him retrained or penned up. That "the child" as you say does know right from wrong there is a presumtion that they are not required to be "penned up". Your answer to "who is" think really hard.


City:
washington DC
Date:
15 Oct 2002
Time:
20:00:00

Comments

that parents should be held responsible. Why? Because the parents should have taught their child what is right and wrong. They should also exercise enough control to keep their child safe and out of child


City:
Washington, DC, USA
Date:
16 Oct 2002
Time:
12:08:02

Comments

IF YOU CAN DO THE CRIME, THEN YOU CAN DO THE TIME! THOSE DARN KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


City:
Allen
Date:
18 Oct 2002
Time:
13:38:18

Comments

I dont think that a parent should be held responsible for their childs actions unless they know what is going on and prevent harm or death. But if they dont know what their child is doing and can NOT prevent teh damage it is not at any fault of the parent unless it was the parents neglection that the child did something wrong


City:
Allen
Date:
18 Oct 2002
Time:
13:44:12

Comments

im 15 an i think that parents shouldnt be held responsible for our actions because we need to know how to deal with problems on our own. when we get out of high school and live on our own we wont be able to have our parents save us or take the blame what we do is our fault and our responsibility. when we take responsiblity for our actions and learn not to make the mistakes that is showing that we are becoming a mature and responsible adult


City:
Allen
Date:
18 Oct 2002
Time:
13:57:43

Comments

i also think it depends on the situation that the child and mother is in. i mean come on im 15 an i know what is right and wrong so if i know thw differnce then i dont think my parents should be responsible if they dont even know i did anything wrong but if they did and could keep me from doing it or my friends from trouble and not fix the problem then yes they should partally be held responsible because they knew what was going on and didnt do anything about it.


City:
Dallas
Date:
22 Oct 2002
Time:
20:52:33

Comments

Children should definetly be blamed to their own actions! Being a 13 year old female, i 100% agree for me to blamed for MY actions, not my parents, they never did anything. Although my parents did bring me into this world, i know right from wrong. I know what to do and what not to do. Its basic, everyone should know. Parents should NOT be blamed for their childrens actions.


City:
Edmonton Alberta
Date:
05 Nov 2002
Time:
21:35:43

Comments

I think that if a "child" (a word that i use very loosly)can distinguish right from wrong then they should be tried as an adult and not use this ridiculous shield known as the Young Offenders Act. The YOA is ridiculous. I am 16 years old and I do not like being called a child. I am no longer a child or an infant like the young offenders act calls all people under 18. In a court room everyone is equal. No racism or anything right? So then i dont see what the difference is with this situation. If i did somthing illegal i should be tried as an adult not a "child".


City:
milwakee
Date:
13 Nov 2002
Time:
15:37:17

Comments

i think the parents should not be held responsible there peers and the gangs there in or who they hang out with that is the effect on them they think what ever they see the MUST do which we should say more often they should tell them NOT TO DO THAT UNDERSTOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


City:
new kensington
Date:
14 Nov 2002
Time:
16:28:35

Comments

I believe it depends on the age of the child. How is a child supposed to learn responsibility for their actions if a parent has to pay for it.Unless the parents have a history of neglect or if it is proven that they supplied the weapon for the crime then both should be punished. Maybe the problem lies with too lenient of punishments for our children's crimes.


City:
Atlanta
Date:
25 Nov 2002
Time:
11:01:45

Comments

Children cannot hold their parents responsible for everything for the rest of their lives..they have to take responsibility for themselves. It's hard saying that kids are mostly responsible for everything they do, considering the fact that I am a 14 year-old kid. But I know how parents can work thir best at teaching and disciplining a kid to be proper, and I have seen those kids deliberately disobey. Some kids are just rebels and do not like the idea of authority. Of course when a child is very young, he does not know what is right and wrong and it is the parents job to install that in them. Most parents do, but for the ones that do not properly teach a kid what is right and wrong, the chances are someone else will. If they are smart they will accept the counsel. Kids who have been sexually, mentally, and physically abused their whole life do not always turn into abusers themselves. Many go off to help other children in hope that they do not have the same lives they did. If your life was a complete and utter failure, you cannot just soley blame it on your parents, you have the choice to change it all around and do what is right. It is true that it is their fault they abused you and made your life horrible for the first part, but once again, parents cannot be held responsible for their kids mistakes. Period.


City:
Atlanta
Date:
25 Nov 2002
Time:
11:11:45

Comments

Children cannot hold their parents responsible for everything for the rest of their lives..they have to take responsibility for themselves. It's hard saying that kids are mostly responsible for everything they do, considering the fact that I am a 14 year-old kid. But I know how parents can work thir best at teaching and disciplining a kid to be proper, and I have seen those kids deliberately disobey. Some kids are just rebels and do not like the idea of authority. Of course when a child is very young, he does not know what is right and wrong and it is the parents job to install that in them. Most parents do, but for the ones that do not properly teach a kid what is right and wrong, the chances are someone else will. If they are smart they will accept the counsel. Kids who have been sexually, mentally, and physically abused their whole life do not always turn into abusers themselves. Many go off to help other children in hope that they do not have the same lives they did. If your life was a complete and utter failure, you cannot just soley blame it on your parents, you have the choice to change it all around and do what is right. It is true that it is their fault they abused you and made your life horrible for the first part, but once again, parents cannot be held responsible for their kids mistakes. Period.


City:
im live b ham
Date:
17 Jan 2003
Time:
08:57:46

Comments

i think adults shouldnt be blamed for their childrens behavior in anyway have you got any points that will back me up on this


City:
I live in birmingham
Date:
17 Jan 2003
Time:
09:01:38

Comments

I think adults shouldnt be blamed for their behavior now have you got any points that will back me up on this


City:
Country Club Hills
Date:
31 Jan 2003
Time:
12:57:24

Comments

I feel that parents should not be held responsible for their children actions because, there are many parents that do take the time to talk to their children, and most children are taught right from wrong.. But children will be children they have to learn for themselves and us nor their parents can not be held responsible for that. There are other things that can influence a child state of mind.


City:
chicago IL
Date:
03 Feb 2003
Time:
11:40:25

Comments

I think that it is totally up to the kid how they want their life to end up. Parents can only go as far as talking to their kids, but it's up to the kid if they want to listen or not.


City:
Charlottetown, PEI
Date:
16 Feb 2003
Time:
19:13:30

Comments

This one is definately a tough call. I am 24 years old but I knew growing up that my folks couldn't be there for me or my sisters 24/7. If a child who commits an offense comes from a good home, I don't see why the parents should be held responsible. On the other hand, if there are problems at home, each case will have to be dealt with differently.


City:
Des Plaines
Date:
12 Mar 2003
Time:
13:25:38

Comments

Yes


City:
Sesser, Illinois
Date:
17 Apr 2003
Time:
11:47:13

Comments

I would like to know what you do when the parent encourages there child to do wrong. I am dealing with this problem. I have two children ages 9 and 5, that are prisoners in there own yard. They are being attacked in there own yard and the police say that the attacker is a juvanile and nothing can be done...until one of my children are hurt badly. And when I ask about the mother of this child the police tell me she is just crazy. So my children have to suffer because the other parent says her child can do what he wants??????????


City:
fresno
Date:
06 May 2003
Time:
14:43:24

Comments

i dont think that a parent should be responisble for a child that can hurt someone so badly. its their own fault


City:
kalamazoo
Date:
16 May 2003
Time:
12:01:28

Comments

I think that a parent is responsible for everything their off spring do until the child is 18. that in clude commiting a crime do not blame media because of your lack in parental supervision.


City:
Cupar
Date:
16 Jun 2003
Time:
10:50:17

Comments

I think that parents should not be punished for their childs actions, and the parent should punish the child.


City:
anaheim
Date:
02 Jul 2003
Time:
13:35:36

Comments

nothing


City:
Georgetown S.C.
Date:
21 Aug 2003
Time:
14:20:18

Comments

It is a geat city to live in but it's just to boring, its no fun because its nothing to in that town, no ACTIVITES for kids, thats why alots of kids act to grown for there age.


City:
Orillia ON
Date:
05 Sep 2003
Time:
00:12:18

Comments

There are many good points here. Lots of different opinions. As far as right from wrong. I feel that is the job of the parent while teaching their children. This starts from a very early age. By the time they reach 12-13 they know what they should or should not do. What will cause harm to another...stealing is wrong as is lying. I knew when I was that age that I alone would be responsible for my actions, so what makes today's youth any different? Why should they have their own laws? Not only do they have the young offenders act, they are allowed to charge parents for trying to take some kind of control if need be. Is this also right? I dont agree with force, but am a strong believer in "tough love". Explain, sit and talk to your children, tell them what you expect, what society expects. What will happen if they decide to do something they know is wrong. If you're open and honest with your children and establish a good line of communication with your children I feel they will not stray. Not being there, not showing your affection and love will only allow them to seek it elsewhere. As for the dog comment. I have bred dogs for over 15 years and my dogs are obedience trained and I show in confirmation. They are well behaved because I put the time into teaching them...prising them for the things they do right. As an owner you are held responsible because dogs do not know write from wrong. Children do...why should we (parents)be made to be responsible for a young adult when we've also put the time and effort into teaching them what's right and wrong. They have the ability to "think" unlike dogs. Comparing dogs to children is like apples to oranges. Big differences between the two topics. Bottom line is...we have many laws that may not "protect" the one's that need to be protected, but why should parents be charged for something if they had no part in the "act". As with most of our laws...we can talk about things until we're blue in the face, but unless we all get together and openly express our views things will not change. We as a whole society should work together to teach our young people. It takes a community to raise a child...lets look at what the media throws out to our young people, the images they put forth and point a finger where it belongs.


City:
Orillia ON
Date:
05 Sep 2003
Time:
00:17:57

Comments

There are many good points here. Lots of different opinions. As far as right from wrong. I feel that is the job of the parent while teaching their children. This starts from a very early age. By the time they reach 12-13 they know what they should or should not do. What will cause harm to another...stealing is wrong as is lying. I knew when I was that age that I alone would be responsible for my actions, so what makes today's youth any different? Why should they have their own laws? Not only do they have the young offenders act, they are allowed to charge parents for trying to take some kind of control if need be. Is this also right? I dont agree with force, but am a strong believer in "tough love". Explain, sit and talk to your children, tell them what you expect, what society expects. What will happen if they decide to do something they know is wrong. If you're open and honest with your children and establish a good line of communication with your children I feel they will not stray. Not being there, not showing your affection and love will only allow them to seek it elsewhere. As for the dog comment. I have bred dogs for over 15 years and my dogs are obedience trained and I show in confirmation. They are well behaved because I put the time into teaching them...prising them for the things they do right. As an owner you are held responsible because dogs do not know write from wrong. Children do...why should we (parents)be made to be responsible for a young adult when we've also put the time and effort into teaching them what's right and wrong. They have the ability to "think" unlike dogs. Comparing dogs to children is like apples to oranges. Big differences between the two topics. Bottom line is...we have many laws that may not "protect" the one's that need to be protected, but why should parents be charged for something if they had no part in the "act". As with most of our laws...we can talk about things until we're blue in the face, but unless we all get together and openly express our views things will not change. We as a whole society should work together to teach our young people. It takes a community to raise a child...lets look at what the media throws out to our young people, the images they put forth and point a finger where it belongs.


City:
Orillia ON
Date:
05 Sep 2003
Time:
00:21:31

Comments

Excuse the double post, my computer froze.


City:
Perth
Date:
25 Sep 2003
Time:
21:47:58

Comments

My name is ben silibert and i think teens are being hard done by. my mum doesnt love me but i dont commit crimes


City:
manassas
Date:
20 Oct 2003
Time:
12:08:43

Comments

Will since am 16 years old i think some parent's should not be held accountable for their kids stupidness. I mean it's not the parents fult that their kids don't listen even if they get beaten for it, And parents needs to understand that kids never listen matter what.


City:
Elizabeth,NJ
Date:
02 Nov 2003
Time:
15:21:22

Comments

I believe it dipends on the type of case, In some the parents should be held responsible but in others it's not really not thier faults. In many ways the parents are an example and influece on their children, but somtimes parents cant stop and see everthing their child does.


City:
Richmond  KY
Date:
07 Nov 2003
Time:
11:56:22

Comments

What i am trying to say here is that i do not think that parents should be responsible and i know some people are saying this kid is stupid but i just want to prove my point.I do not think parents should be responsible becuase they raised there kids the best they could it all depends on the kids personality.Kids have a mind of there own its not like they are little pets that can always be controlled im not saying they are wild but im saying that they have there own lives and grown ups cant make them do things against there own will.You just have to hope that they will make the right decision and if not then they should be punished to the same level of the crime however bad it was punish them that bad but dont do to them what they did to someone.They can chose there own destiny and if they are good people they will chose a right one.


City:
Cambridge
Date:
08 Nov 2003
Time:
14:22:19

Comments

I think that it is wrong for child neglection, and it is really sad. Many kids die from it every day.


City:
Martinsville, Va
Date:
13 Nov 2003
Time:
09:49:05

Comments

I think that parents shouldn't be held responsible for their children's actions. I think that the parents should be able to teach thier child right from wrong and if the child decides to do the wrong then they do the wrong. If they decide to do the right thing then good for them!


City:
Lexington
Date:
25 Nov 2003
Time:
08:42:30

Comments

I would like to take away the father rights. How can i do this.


City:
Loganville
Date:
11 Dec 2003
Time:
07:55:02

Comments

I think that it is not the parents fault.


City:
florida
Date:
12 Dec 2003
Time:
13:02:19

Comments

parents should not be held responsible!!!!


City:
florida
Date:
12 Dec 2003
Time:
13:03:57

Comments

parents should not be held responsible.


City:
florida
Date:
12 Dec 2003
Time:
13:04:31

Comments

parents cannot be around thier children 24/7 and it is not fair to hold them responsible when they have no idea whats going on!!! you can't do it!!


City:
Ottawa
Date:
28 Dec 2003
Time:
12:41:54

Comments

I don't beleive any person can realy controle what a Child will do,They are individuals and cannot be controled. Now even more there are laws that protect children and give them even more controle over there lives, we placed them there and now the law makes parents responsible for when they brake them, Have you ever tryed for those who think parents should be responsible for what children do, try to get help for your child even when your child refuses to wants to listen to help when its there,I think those who think Parents Can do anything to change this need help themselves.who controles who in your house hold.


City:
norfolk
Date:
21 Jan 2004
Time:
13:45:33

Comments

Parents should not be held responsible, because the child will never learn.


City:
Lakewood
Date:
21 Jan 2004
Time:
13:57:00

Comments

Children will only do what their parents let them get away with.


City:
antwerp, Belgium
Date:
22 Jan 2004
Time:
16:39:11

Comments

Hello, I am doing an assignment about penelizing parents for the criminal behaviour of their children. My part in the assignment is to discuss the debate that is going on in Canada. Thank you all and maybe there are some lucky ones among you who become a part of my task. I am not going to discuss all this further here because I allready have to write a whole paper... Greetz


City:
sibu, state of sarawak, malaysia
Date:
23 Jan 2004
Time:
22:49:30

Comments

no. perents should not being the victims here. ask media? what have thier did to our children!


City:
Thornton
Date:
12 Feb 2004
Time:
11:29:52

Comments

I don't think parents should be held responsible for their childrens wrong doings. Parents cannot control their childs every move. I think if the child makes the wrong decisions, then he or she will have to be reponsible for his or her own actions.


City:
Sacramento, California
Date:
23 Feb 2004
Time:
13:17:48

Comments

I think parents should not be punished.The kparents can not always be around thire child.Even tho parents are respoinsible, they can not always stop what the child is going to do behind the parents back


City:
sacramento california
Date:
23 Feb 2004
Time:
13:20:30

Comments

Thw child has amind of his own and hes going to do what the child whants to do.the childs is sthe one that has to get punished. The parents are lready being punished by having to go threw this problem.


City:
St. Catharines
Date:
24 Feb 2004
Time:
14:19:26

Comments

Should a parent be responsible for the acts of his or her adolecent child?


City:
St. Kitts
Date:
02 Mar 2004
Time:
10:49:56

Comments

i dun't know


City:
Harrisburg
Date:
05 Mar 2004
Time:
08:18:30

Comments

I think child neglection and abuse is such a wrong and cruel thing to do to an innocent little child.


City:
Panama City Beach, FL.
Date:
12 Mar 2004
Time:
09:42:14

Comments

Personally, I think that all parents should be responsible for their children's actions. They raised them for cryin' out loud! Some times the parents decide to blame everything on the shows children watch...but the truth be known, parents can limit what their children see on the television. So nothing or no one is to blame except for the parent. If your child goes up to someother child and knocks the hell out of them and you hear about it and you question that child, and they tell you, "Well mommy(or daddy), I saw that boy or girl on T.V. do it..." You should punish the child right then and take the time to tell him/her that is bad and he/she will be punished for it. But yes, definitely, the child should be punished but it's the parents fault for letting it happen.


City:
Gulfport ms
Date:
16 Mar 2004
Time:
11:08:28

Comments

I think their both to plame first parents need to be sure that they have done all they can to teach and displine their children on the other hand when a child reaches a certain age their going to form their own opions and make their on dicisions so their both responsible


City:
Gulfport ms
Date:
16 Mar 2004
Time:
11:10:35

Comments

I think their both to blame first parents need to be sure that they have done all they can to teach and displine their children on the other hand when a child reaches a certain age their going to form their own opions and make their on dicisions so their both responsible


City:
Toronto
Date:
22 Mar 2004
Time:
17:01:31

Comments

While I agree in principal with the Act, I think alot of retailers are taking advantage of the act to cover their operating costs. By having parents pay inordinately large penalties for infractions committed by their minor children, the retailer is able to pass the costs of their in store security on to the parents of the offenders. Expecting parents to pay large penalties (i.e. $350) for small offences ($10) when the item was recovered with no loss to the retailer. In essence a retailer could charge several unrelated parents for the same costs associated with their instore security, thereby creating an unchallenged profit centre for their outlet. These excesses are an abuse of the act. Penalties should more adequately reflect the level of the infraction they are attempting to penalize and deter.


City:
Alamogordo
Date:
26 Mar 2004
Time:
20:27:13

Comments

I am a 17 yr. old daughter. I do not think that parents should be held legally responisble for the actions that I take. As teenagers, we are always screaming for independence, however when we get in trouble we are so quick to point our fingers back at our parents. The media does it as well. The media is just looking for someone to blame so they go to the parents. It is not always the parents fault. When Im away from home my mom can only hope that I make the right desision, granted sometimes I do, other times no. But, its not my mom's fault. It is my own. I have free will. I have a mind of my own. I know right from wrong. Therefore, I should be held responsible for my actionsm, as should other kids. It isnt our parents fault.


City:
New York
Date:
01 Apr 2004
Time:
10:01:37

Comments

I think that a parent should not be responsible for a child's actions because if if a parent told a child not to do something and does it anyway, well that means that the child went behind the parents back. It's the child's fault for not listening to his/her parent(s)


City:
North Providence, Rhode Island
Date:
01 Apr 2004
Time:
19:16:37

Comments

My class mates and I are debating in Social Studies class, and this helped alot. Thank Tou, Katie Campo, Alyssa Cataldi,Leah Fitzgerald, John Mullins


City:
Mifflinburg
Date:
16 Apr 2004
Time:
12:28:56

Comments

I think that children starting at the age of 13 should be held responsable for their actions at that age b/c they have already learned responsability and they can do eathier community service and get a small enough job to pay for their actions.


City:
CHICAGO
Date:
17 Apr 2004
Time:
12:26:22

Comments

I THINK PARENTS SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE, I MEAN, YEAH THE CHILD WILL PAY FOR THE CRIME(WHATEVER IT IS/WAS), BUT WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT CHILD....THE PARENT!! BASICALLY, THE BOTH ARE AT FAULT. CHILDREN DO KNOW WHATS RIGHT FROM WRONG, BUT THEN AGAIN, THE PARENT HAS TO INSTILL THAT ON THEM AND LET THEM KNOW AT A YOUNG AGE WHAT COULD/MIGHT HAPPEN WHEN SOMETHING IS COMMITED. IT'S THE LAW....YOU CAN'T GO AROUND IT!


City:
AUSTRALIA
Date:
17 Apr 2004
Time:
21:54:33

Comments

When parents have children they acknowledge a burden on their part to be responsible for those children and their actions. We live in a 'blame other' society, which is an easy escape for negligent parents. The Act will bring recalcitrants back to the task.


City:
Ontario
Date:
19 Apr 2004
Time:
13:18:45

Comments

i believe that parents could be at fault, the kid could be doing the stuff he/she is doing because of what the parents have done. example of what parents could have done; divorce, alchol, drugs etc.


City:
Waterloo
Date:
20 Apr 2004
Time:
15:09:55

Comments

Most parents do not know where there children are or who they are hanging out with. Who is to know what kind of peer pressure your child will fall for. You can teach them all the things you think are good and those you believe to be bad, but it doesn't matter what you say if you don't know who your kid hangs out with.


City:
Mombasa, Kenya
Date:
26 Apr 2004
Time:
15:34:29

Comments

I have no such say, but will post my comments anyway, am a teacher and have this debate going on amongst my yr 8 and 9. Until the age of 18 the parents are responsible for their childrens acts. Whether to be Penalized or how to be punished is a different question. As far as damages to property etc is concerned, if the child is under the age of 12 /13 parents are directly responsible to pay for damages and then its up to them how to reprimand their chidlren for commiting a wrong act.above the age of 13 yes they are responsible for what they kids did, however they ought to make their kid pay by workign hard, giving up pocket money etc to pay up for damages.The child is at an age where he/she understands right from wrong and hence is directly responsible for his/her own action,however since the child is considered a child till 18, indirectly its no other than the parents who are responsible for the childs actions. criminal offenses harmful acts, murders etc, the parent MUST to a certain degree be held responsible, NO DOUBT the offender to do his time as per act, but the parent should be given a penalty like a certain sum of money to pay for childs wrong actions (this will ensure parents get their priorities right and give importance to the upbringing of their children) adolescents and teens can be difficult to deal with,if parents "give up" on explaining teaching and guiding their kids,and fear that this kid will still do as he or she pleases,than the parents should turn to councellor for help. once a parent has turned to a councellor then they should NO LONGER be held even indirectly responsible for ther childs action. (child above 13 yrs of age) Also some govts have such difficult rules that "protect" childrens rights, and hence make it difficult almost impossible for parents to train and bring up their kid in their home the way they may feel is the best way to teach, parents are afraid to reprimand or punish too much for fear of these "childrens rights" perhaps if the childrens rights are less harsh on parents, or perhaps if parents are councelled well about their priorities before havin a baby,it may help.. just my views. any comments?


City:
madera
Date:
27 Apr 2004
Time:
11:24:56

Comments

no, Ontario's new Parental Responsibility Act doesn't help anyone. Children will never lear to be responsible if their parents get in trouble for their wrong doings.


City:
madera
Date:
27 Apr 2004
Time:
11:25:42

Comments

No, Ontario's new Parental Responsibility Act doesn't help anyone. Children will never lear to be responsible if their parents get in trouble for their wrong doings.


City:
Osceola
Date:
29 Apr 2004
Time:
14:08:32

Comments

I definetlyu think that they should be responsible for their kids actions. If they dont know what thjey are doing daily then they dont know if their child is doing stuff that they shouldnt.


City:
Kearney, MO
Date:
05 May 2004
Time:
08:16:12

Comments

I think that it's wrong to punish parents when their children do something wrong or illegal. This is just an incentive for teens to more bad things because they know they won't get punished. The act solves nothing in my eyes.


City:
Madera
Date:
11 May 2004
Time:
16:21:19

Comments

I believe that parents are not responible in any way for their children's actions. Say if a child was to brake somebody's car window, the parents should not be held accountable for this action. The child is just merely being theirselves. A parent cannot fully control their child's actions, however they may be able to contribute to making their children a better person all around. Another situation could be that a teenager was drinking or using drugs and they were caught by an officer of some sort, should there parents be hel responsible for this action? The only reason I see that would allow anyone to accuse the parent would be that if someone was to have evidence showing that their parents were big on drugs or somehow contributed to their children's actions.

Thank you for reading my opinion.


City:
Van wert
Date:
14 May 2004
Time:
11:31:27

Comments

i think parents should get to chose if they want to allow their childern to do these shtings and without any punishments from the law


City:
detroit
Date:
19 May 2004
Time:
13:45:13

Comments

parents should not be held resposible for child's actions unless the parent convinced the child to do so.


City:
Sudbury, Ontario
Date:
10 Sep 2004
Time:
17:03:57

Comments

Blame shifting is a human err that has gone on way too long.Most of the parents I know made plenty of mistakes when they were growing up and everyone of them has burried them in their memories.They lived in times of fewer laws and when life was alot simpler.Remembering the mistakes that one has made in their youth and sharing the story of those mistakes with our youth with details of the wrong doings, is the best way to ensure our children make the right choices.We have all been guilty of non-communication with children to spare ourselves the humiliation or embarrassment of truth.Human pride is the whole worlds discourse.It is the misunderstanding of Gods word and the removal of faith in such that has steered everything in the wrong direction.I am not of any denomination and surely agree that the churches themselves have gone in the wrong directions as well.We must all see that if we have skeletons ourselves, then how could we expect that much more from our children.In biblical terms we are being hypocritical and basically lying to our children.We do this and then expect our children to live an honest life.Satan is known as the great liar and in essence people are passing this on to their children.In a hectic society created by overindulgence in finer things, in a sense the onus is on the parent to guide their children in life with life skills.We all have to remember we are the parents and have a obligation above others to teach them right from wrong and the difference between the two.Take the time to communicate with them, this is truly key.Above all understand the words in the good book.Until the majority fully understand what the parables actually mean the world will continue to be chaotic.Remember, in biblical times church and state didn't see eye to eye and they certainly still don't.


City:
GUELPH
Date:
22 Sep 2004
Time:
19:42:29

Comments

I think the parents should be responsible for their children's actions as long as at the parents are allowed to be responsible for their children. Today, my child is allowed to get medical consulting without my permission. I am not even allowed to find out why my child when to see a doctor. Children as young as 12 can get birth control pills without my permission. If the doctor finds out that your child is on drugs, they do not have to notify you. The school can expell your child from school without your permision as young as kindergarten. Teenagers have to give permission to parents before anyone can discuss his/her affairs. If your child over 15 years of age does something wrong, you as a parent can not use corporal punishment as a form of disipline. Since, I do not believe parents are allowed to be responsible for their children I find it hard to believe we should be responsible for all their wrongs.


City:
cocoa beach, florida
Date:
03 Oct 2004
Time:
10:37:51

Comments

i think that if the parent hasa prevouis record of not being able to control their children and their children has a record then the parent shouldbe charged. its ovious that the parent cant control their children and need to be punished.


City:
Cocoa Beach, FL
Date:
04 Oct 2004
Time:
17:47:31

Comments

As a teenager, I don't think that our parents should be responsible for what we do. It's our own fault if we do something stupid, they can only tell us what not to do and hope that we listen to them. It's not their fault if we don't listen to them and do drugs, steal, or kill someone. They shouldn't be held liable for that.


City:
thorold, ontario
Date:
25 Oct 2004
Time:
23:46:20

Comments

well, i read everything above me and i have to tell you this world is going to burn. my hope is in another life, the one after this one. the school my teenager goes to just sent home for my signature permission for him to have a pin prick for colesterol. health advise and give out free condoms without parents permission... teach alternative life styles other than what God intended (flood) and i do not have time for the rest. ...and they want parental permission on a pin prick, go figure. we are our brothers keeper...parents make yourself responsible and maybe they will not get into (too bad) of trouble.


City:
palm coast
Date:
02 Nov 2004
Time:
17:21:58

Comments

Not if they are providing appropriate supervision. Yes if they are not.


City:
Eutaw
Date:
04 Nov 2004
Time:
13:09:42

Comments

I think that parents are not to be held accountable for the crime of their children because if they did the crime they sure can do the time for what they did


City:
ceederpark
Date:
09 Nov 2004
Time:
14:54:25

Comments

i thin k parents should take full responsibilty


City:
up yours
Date:
10 Nov 2004
Time:
15:13:53

Comments

parents raised their kids they should have toughth them from right and wrong they should take responsibility


City:
Port-of Spain,Trinidad
Date:
28 Nov 2004
Time:
18:26:39

Comments

To a certain extent, parents should be held accountable for the behaviour of their children. Parents have the prime responsibilty of nuturing their children.In this way, a child's actions reflect the parenting or lack thereof which he or she has received. However, the influence of society, through culture, media and music also play an important role in the behaviour of an adolescent child. Even where parents have done their jobs effectively, ill-behaviour of their children may result. The aforementioned also carry out parental duties such as socialisation, providing awareness and knowledge etc.The way an adolescent child behaves is influenced by the society and as such society should be blamed. Society encompasses parents, teachers,musicians, actors-everyone who constitutes the population.


City:
sleepy hollow
Date:
29 Nov 2004
Time:
17:10:19

Comments

yes they shouls d be responsible


City:
Jakarta
Date:
30 Nov 2004
Time:
08:51:57

Comments

if we are to believe that parents are ultimately responsible for their children's actions then WHEN, HOW & WHAT will the children learn? think about it!


City:
saskachewan
Date:
30 Nov 2004
Time:
17:38:59

Comments

looking for more emotions types


City:
gonzales,la
Date:
07 Dec 2004
Time:
16:59:24

Comments

i think that if the parents are being punished for the child's actions then the child is learning nothing but that can keep doing wrong and get away with it because the parent is held responsible. there are some children out there that we are unable to control and a parent can do their best at raising them but the child has a mind of their own and will do what they want. they will continue this behavior as long as they can knowing that they will not be held responsible for their own actions. if we allow this to continue then we will be left with a world of children committing crimes and getting away with them. in the long run the only thing that it is going to do is hurt the children. some parents are really strict on their child but their child rebells and the parent is held responsible. what does the child learn?NOTHING AT ALL!!!!


City:
Braggs
Date:
29 Dec 2004
Time:
20:10:45

Comments

I think your parents should have to let you date by 16. I also think you they should have to let you get out on your own more. Sixteen year olds should have more privilages just like an adult because you can drive at this age.


City:
virginia beach
Date:
11 Jan 2005
Time:
17:22:11

Comments

i think that they should because a child most likely will only do those things of which the parents teach it to do.


City:
brampton
Date:
12 Jan 2005
Time:
14:25:23

Comments

I'm upset. My 14 year old son & 2 14 year old friends stole items totalling $15 from Zellers. Wrong I know. My son was the lucky one found with the items on him, crime done with friends urging him on. Caught, items returned, now each of the 3 children's parents being charged $375. I'm strict, at home from 4:30 each evening, question all phonecalls/outings/attend parent teacher nights, ground where necessary, and had made sure he had $10 in his pocket when he went the store and had arranged to pick him up at 8:30 pm. The crime is wrong, the fine is huge, and I feel a cash grab on Zellers part. I want my kid to pay as he is responsible, I've been a good parent - and he wants to be a good kid. Comments?


City:
Bridgeton
Date:
14 Mar 2005
Time:
10:09:42

Comments

No, children make their own mind. And just because a child is being taught one way by a perent doe not mean they do not know the right way. We have schools and other forms of help that know how to help a child. And most schools can tell when a child acts up. Other people have influence on the children as well. parents should not be punished for their childrens crimes. Children see things everyday. They see the news, movies, games, and other parents who do bad things. If we are going to punish someone it should be society, because we are the ones who let things get out of hand. We should help everyone and stop blaming one person for someones actions


City:
Bettendorf
Date:
21 Mar 2005
Time:
11:06:19

Comments

That parents are not responsible for their cildrens actions.


City:
eastkilbride
Date:
29 Mar 2005
Time:
05:23:05

Comments

i think parents should give their children rights


City:
waseca
Date:
03 Apr 2005
Time:
12:39:07

Comments

I don't think parents should be held because the kid knows what heorshe isdoing when they commit the crime. but the parentshould try and teach their child the"rights and wrongs". but altogether parents shouldn't be held responsible.


City:
Henderson,Nevada
Date:
12 Apr 2005
Time:
14:56:15

Comments

Tes I think parents should do the time for something the children did


City:
Date:
18 Apr 2005
Time:
12:24:53

Comments

I truly believe that parents should be penalized for the crimes that their children commit. One could find many reasons to blame for the high crime rate in our modern society; however, the root of all excuses are the parents of these adolescents. We look at the lives of our ancestors., the patriarchs of our country, and the start of land we call home, when we look at our history we see that 100 years ago there was not a high adolescent crime rate. Recently in my home town, three young teenage boys robbed an elderly lady who was walking to her car. The ages of these young men were 14, 15, and 16. Daily crime is increasing and the ages of those who are “criminals” are growing younger. If the law does not set forth some motion of defense, before long it will be unsafe to leave our homes. We are left with no option. The Bible states, “Train a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it when he is old.” (Prov. 22:6) Morals and values have been pushed to the wayside. No one is taught proper ethics anymore or any type of morality. Our culture is based upon blatant immorality. We see historically that crime was less when parents actually devoted themselves to their children, when parents got involved in their children’s lives, and trained them in the right way. We too should teach our children the difference in right and wrong, and because parents are too self centered themselves, no one is taking any responsibility or action. The governing authorities are left to make the decisions concerning our children because we are not reliable enough to care for them and train them in the right way.


City:
riverside
Date:
21 Apr 2005
Time:
12:21:38

Comments

i think we should ask the kids opinnion on this they have every right. to tell us what is on their minds and what we think about this.thats all i have to say. tank you.


City:
Chicago
Date:
27 Apr 2005
Time:
23:07:51

Comments

I think that if more parent follow the bibles, then they wouldn't this problem of who should take responsibilty for thier childern.Childern are a true gift from God.However, I do feel that parents should have some type of acount, due to the that the parent are the childs frist teacher. If parent are held responsble for housing, clothing,feed & etc.They would take better care of their childern if they know for a fact that they'd get a fines or some jail.Beside as a parent you know what type of child you have.


City:
B-Town,LA
Date:
28 Apr 2005
Time:
13:10:45

Comments

I think they should be responsible for their childrens actions Because they are the child thus the parent should know what the child is doing at all times. Parents say "I didn't know he/she would do something like this." But by then it's too late and extreme precautions have already been taken


City:
rochester, ny
Date:
10 May 2005
Time:
14:18:28

Comments

i think that the parents are responsible to some extent. if the parents set bad examples for the children then they're to blame, if the parents set good examples but the child chooses to disobey them then there's problems, it would be the child's fualt because they choose to disobey their parents so it's their chioce if they want to commit a crime