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Should children ages 13 and up be able to have a paying job?

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Started: 5/9/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Miss.Falconieri

Pro

Should children ages 13 and up be able to have a paying job? Yes, children ages 13 and up should be able to have a paying job.

One reason why children 13 and up should have paying jobs is to help support their families income. For example, if your parents are in debt or a parent loses their job, the child could receive a job either babysitting, selling newspapers, tutoring, working at a family/family friends business, or stock shelves at a food store. Applying or getting one of these jobs making minimum wage. According to, https://www.minimumwage.com..., "The minimum wage is the minimum hourly wage an employer can pay an employee for work. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour (part of the Fair Labor Standards Act) and some states and cities have raised their minimum wage even higher than that."

Another reason children 13 and up should be able to receive a paying job is to start saving up for a college fund. According to, State by State Data. Seven in 10 seniors (69%) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2014 had student loan debt, with an average of $28,950 per borrower.

Lastly, a child 13 and up should be able to have a paying job if a restaurant needs employees.
ncausse

Con

No. Children ages 13 and up should not have a paying job .

I agree that for families in difficulty I financially it would help to have one more person bringing money into the home but is it really good for th children and the family in general? Having a job makes children more independent but I don't believe that children who are thirteen years old should already be that independent, they should not believe they don't need their parents because at that age they do.

Also been thirteen is a difficult age where you start to change and b come the person you want to become it is also a moment in your life where you need stability and parents or family can bring that stability but with a job you won't seethed as much, it is too much change.

Lastly what is the point in saving money for college if you don't get the grades needed or don't graduate because they did not spend enough time studying, and preparing for exams and didn't get enough sleep because of their jobs.
Debate Round No. 1
Miss.Falconieri

Pro

First off, you should proofread your writing, as well as, use proper grammar, and lastly make sure you are not writing run-on sentences. Now to get into the debate question.

To start off, we never stated that children should not rely on their parents, being that they are thirteen and that is a difficult age, they should learn how to be more independent. It will also allow these children to gain more responsibility and grow as an adult. This does not mean that they should not do what the typical thirteen year old usually does.

Second, if a child learns time management skills with the help from their parents, they will be successful later on in life, meaning college and after college. To argue your point about sleep and studying, these children can study on their breaks, and make sure their schedule fits the time needed to receive at least 8 hours of sleep. Children who work and go to school, are similar to a children who play a sport or has an after school activity and goes to school. These children must learn to prioritize their schedule, and the earlier the better.

Lastly, children who are thirteen and up, should be able to receive a paying job because kids need to be prepared for the adult world of jobs and experience work. Furthermore, kids can earn money and practice to use it wisely on things they enjoy.
ncausse

Con

I apolologize I will do my best. English is not my first language so please don't be too critical of my writing.

Children should definitely learn to be more responsible even at thirteen years old but there are other ways they can accomplish that. Many of the ways can happen in the home and be instituted by the parents like chores. At thirteen years old children might have many things on their minds, trying to decide who they want to become, they need time for themselves.

If the family is in difficulty financially I agree the children might want to get a job like babysitting to help out but if it is not the case then I don't believe it is necessary and good for the child and family.

Children can learn how to work at home, they don't need a real job at that age.
Debate Round No. 2
Miss.Falconieri

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by experiment626 9 months ago
experiment626
Jobs like baby sitting, yardwork, and maybe like organizing things for people yes, but not like a full/part time job
Posted by Yonsoo 9 months ago
Yonsoo
Remember child labor? How did that situation end up? I think children should wait until they're older to make their decisions on which jobs they should get, and what if it's a job that requires education? Are you going to let 13-16 year old kids go to college?
Posted by its.chandler 9 months ago
its.chandler
I think this would be a good idea. This could not only help kids earn money, it will help them mature faster and be more responsible.
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