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Child curfew question - October 22nd 2017, 03:49 AM

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I have a question, more on, what would you do and your opinion is on an issue.

Okay so, I live on a street that is full of both retired and family oriented people. There is a house that there is children, which is fine. The issue is, past 10pm they are playing on the street with scooters, skateboards, and this and that. They play until about 11pm. The street has street lights but it's still dark.

I have called city bylaw (two weeks ago?) which I then called Children's Aid. City came but time they arrive the children were inside. Children's Aid couldn't do anything. City Bylaw recommended calling the police as it's a public safety matter.

These kids are between 8-14 years old.

Would anyone call the police to notify them of a safety risk to these children?

I am just asking because maybe I am being to "sensitive" on the issue...


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Re: Child curfew question - October 22nd 2017, 04:10 AM

I'd look up curfew laws in your area. Technically in my city it's 9pm and this was put into place after a violent incident, but nobody really follows it I don't think. But it may give you more ground if you call.


   
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Re: Child curfew question - October 22nd 2017, 04:13 AM

I agree that you should look up the curfew in your area. This might not do much though because in my City the police wouldn't do much if kids were out past 'curfew' but they were near their houses.

If kids were out past curfew but weren't in their neighborhood then they did risk getting into trouble but being in their neighborhood usually leads to police saying "They are being monitored"

You do live in a different place than me though so they might not be as lenient.


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Re: Child curfew question - October 22nd 2017, 04:38 AM

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Honestly, I wouldn't bother. They are close to their house, and they are just kids playing. Really, don't worry about it. Plenty of kids go out at night.
Plus its really the parents responsibility.

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Re: Child curfew question - October 22nd 2017, 06:49 AM

We don't really have a curfew where I live but there is regulations for construction or garbage collection or such. I looked up the bylaws where you live and found that between 7am and 11pm the noise has to be within a certain range if it is disturbing after 11pm until 7am then it can be considered a violation. However, where I am, noise bylaws cover people yelling, music, animals, etc but not children playing outside, moving furniture, or heavy walking. But I’m not sure what noise constitués where you live

If they're playing on the street outside of their house...that's okay in my opinion. It's not like they're roaming around the city causing trouble. I don't feel there is much that the police can do because they're in front of their house which isn't a big deal. It's like, would you rather these kids be riding their bikes in front of their house or running around the towns in parks or causing trouble?
I don’t necessarily think that it is an issue for children's aid. It's the parent's responsibility and if they're in front of their house. They’re just being kids. We have kids on our street that play tag or ride their bikes on the street and such in the evening. If they're not causing trouble, it's not a big deal. I mean in my eyes, it's no different than kids playing in their backyards...we used to play in our backyard until 12 am some nights...sometimes we would play music quietly or just jump on the tramp or go swimming. We would sometimes ride bikes or play light tag in the streets as well. We weren't getting in trouble, we were having fun and it beat roaming around the city streets and parks.

I highly doubt that the cops would do anything because they’re on the street and they’re in by 11ish which technically is the bylaw...
   
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