Academic Writing - Task 2 (Model answer)

Parents and teachers make many rules for children to encourage good behaviour and to protect them from danger.  However children would benefit from fewer rules and greater freedom. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
One of the most frequently used words we often hear parents and teachers using is ‘don’t’. Rules and regulations are imposed on children so they can form socially accepted behaviour or in many cases parents believe they are protecting their children from a potentially dangerous situation.

It is important for children to know their limits and to realise that they can’t get away with everything. In today’s world where parents don’t have enough time to discipline their children we often see spoilt children who don’t appreciate or respect others. What is more, children are too young to be given the responsibility of making important choices and being accountable for the consequences. As adults have more life experiences they are able to make these decisions for them. In addition, when children feel that there are too many rules, they are likely to break them.


On the other hand, excessive rules confine a child’s behaviour and trying to protect them may actually make them afraid of many things. Over protective parents encourage dependent children who lack creativity and space to grow up as independent adults who are capable and willing to take risks. This type of child grows up living in a box and is unlikely to try and think outside it.


In my opinion, although boundaries are needed between adults in authority and children, there should also be some flexibility and freedom for children to encourage independent thought and creativity. Sometimes children learn by making a mistake themselves rather than having a parent trying to protect them.
Question taken from Cambridge Instant IELTS p.95
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