Greetings, Friends! I’m always on the lookout for news that involves teens. Today, I read something that affects teens in my neighboring state to the west. The governor of Illinois signed a bill last Thursday which prohibits teenagers under eighteen from using tanning beds.
This new law goes into effect on January 1, 2014. Opposition to the law claims it should be up to the parents as to whether their teens can use tanning beds or not. Supporters of the law say that this prohibition is a way to protect the state’s youth from skin cancer. (You can read the entire article here.)
The new bill says nothing about spray-on or mist tans.
I know my students bristle when they feel anyone has taken their rights away. I asked one of my senior classes today what they thought about the law. I was surprised when most of them thought parents would be more upset than teens. When asked why, many said their parents would see it as interference with their parental rights and duties. (Although, when one student mentioned that maybe the government should restrict energy drinks, a small uproar followed!)
It was an interesting discussion…
Do you think it interferes with parental rights? Or is it simply a matter of public health?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
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