Minors are considered brainless weaklings that should be guarded by their parents rather than sentient beings. They're deprived of fundamental human rights such as the freedom of movement under the name "protection". Why?
Most Helpful Guy
They're not slaves, they have all kinds of rights that are protected way better than rights of adults. No other group is considered as precious as kids. They don't have freedom because they don't have the maturity/brain development to use that freedom in ways that won't hurt them. If any kid could do whatever they wanted, they'd believe the guy who offers them candy and end up as victims of pedophiles or they'd make all kinds of decisions that they'd later regret. There were decisions that I wanted to make in my teens that I thought were reasonable at the time but oh boy am I grateful that my parents stopped me. I do remember hating not having freedom though. I could have used a bit more space/freedom as a kid, not when it comes to big decisions I wasn't capable of making properly, but when it comes to small day-to-day stuff.1
Most Helpful Girl
Slaves? No. You have the freedom to do what you want. You just have a driving curfew and you can't have sex with people who are adults because it's considered rape on their part. Besides that and checking in with your parents (if your parents want that) because they care and want to make sure you're not drugged up in some back alley or kidnapped or something, you're able to do whatever.2