Chaperones at the Checkout Line

By: James Flippin · June 01, 2023 · Reading Time: 3 minutes

Adult Supervision Required

Over the past few months, public businesses like amusement parks, shopping centers, and restaurants are increasingly requiring minors to be accompanied by adults.

These establishments are bracing for the upcoming summer season, a time traditionally marked by an influx of younger patrons. The adult accompaniment policies are reportedly a result of a rising number of businesses noticing a trend of unruly behavior among younger guests.

By requiring adult chaperones, businesses hope to create a more orderly environment, preserving an enjoyable experience for all visitors while addressing the conduct concerns observed.

Digital Shenanigans

Many businesses are attributing viral trends circulating on social media platforms like TikTok to an increasing rate of inappropriate behavior from teens.

Social media challenges and trends often encourage reckless and sometimes even criminal behavior, as in the case of a recent viral video teaching TikTokers to hotwire cars. These disruptive incidents, typically recorded and uploaded for social media virality, have put businesses on the defensive.

With the popularity of such online challenges on the rise, businesses and managers hope adult supervision will curb the frequency and intensity of such incidents.

Regressive Rules or Family Fun?

The introduction of these chaperone policies isn’t without its fair share of debate.

Advocates commend the initiative, viewing it as a strategy to diminish interruptions and provide a safer public ambience. However, detractors argue these parental controls may unintentionally impede teens’ independence and development, factors already strained by pandemic-era social isolation. In fact, some say the rules could inadvertently fuel the shift toward online activities.

For parents and teens alike, these new rules are potentially a hassle. But they also present an opportunity for families to spend more time together. After all, who can resist a good family day out — even if there’s an adult needed at the checkout line?

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