He has promised to destroy it within five minutes. Michael, 18, knows about the dangers of drinking and driving, but figures a couple of beers won't put him over the edge. After an evening of partying with friends, he tucks himself behind the wheel of the Honda Civic he borrowed from his brother. The police pick him up 30 minutes later for erratic driving. Related stories Teens' immature brains pose all sorts of dangers Alice, 14, who goes to a school for the academically talented, texts until 4 in the morning instead of studying for tomorrow's midterm science exam. Alice, who typically gets A's and B's on tests, fails this one.
International obligations[ edit ] Neither the European Union nor the Council of Europe have suggested any specific age of consent, and there has not been any effort so far to standardize the age across member states. However, most countries in Europe now have binding legal obligations in regard to the sexual abuse of children under The Lanzarote Convention ,  which came into effect in , obligates the countries that ratify it to criminalize certain acts concerning children under 18, such as the involvement of such children in prostitution and pornography. Other acts that must be criminalized include: "Engaging in sexual activities with a child child is defined in Article 3 as "person under the age of 18 years" where: Use is made of coercion, force or threats; or Abuse is made of a recognised position of trust, authority or influence over the child, including within the family; or Abuse is made of a particularly vulnerable situation of the child, notably because of a mental or physical disability or a situation of dependence.