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Should the minimum age for child employment be lowered from 15 to 13?

  • Young teens are very capable!!

    Some 13 year olds, including myself, want to work and are very capable. I agree that there are some jobs that young people should not be allowed to do but there are many that they can do. As for school, if students can do as many extracurricular activities as some do, then they should have time for a small job. A job would get them off the couch and away from the TV, making them more likely to do there school work.

  • Yes it should

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  • Yes it should

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  • Yes it should, because kids are more motivated and energized.

    The average time a kid spends on a screen is 9 hours a day. Kids persuade their parents to buy them things for their screens and accessories. But with their own job, they can earn the money and feel good about their achievement. With jobs, kids are more motivated and energized and will try to work harder if they set goals. I think that this is a good debate question, because everyday, I am questioning why people think that they can't be trusted to have jobs? With the right discipline and learning, they can be excellent at working. Why not give them a chance???

  • Families in need for money

    Even though young people lack maturity and need time to themselves, age restrictions should be lowered because poverty is becoming a problem and most children have to take care of themselves and their families. Having a job at a younger age, of course with restrictions like hours, position, etc, would help many families in need of money.

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  • Need For Money

    Around the age of 13 kids start to want money to get the things they need. Also they need the money because it is also the time in which parents stop paying for certain things such as games or equipment for leisure activities. And what about gifts for other people. As a 13 year old myself there are some people i would like to buy stuff for but i don't have the money.

  • Kids need some leisure as they approach high school.

    Around the time a kid becomes a teen. They change. As they grow they start becoming independent. And they start to get depressed for no reasons and they don't know what to do. A job could provide the leisure they need to feel better as they approach a few hard years of life.

  • Kids need some leisure as they approach high school.

    Around the time a kid becomes a teen. They change. As they grow they start becoming independent. And they start to get depressed for no reasons and they don't know what to do. A job could provide the leisure they need to feel better as they approach a few hard years of life.

  • Kids need some leisure as they approach high school.

    Around the time a kid becomes a teen. They change. As they grow they start becoming independent. And they start to get depressed for no reasons and they don't know what to do. A job could provide the leisure they need to feel better as they approach a few hard years of life.

  • What if they're hurt?

    Thirteen-year-olds are still considered children, and allowing them to work could cause big problems. Not only would they not focus on schoolwork or extracurricular activities, they could also be taken advantage of and may even get hurt or injured. Their grades would go down, so if we want our children to do well in school, they need to stay focused on their school or homework, not working.

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  • It is dangerous!

    Could be taken advantage of. People don't care about 13 year olds! If they are working they would have less time to study and would therefore get lower grades therefore they wouldn't get a better job in the future. If 13 year olds work the world would go to hell.

  • Child abuse and child labor

    Cause some of us have asthma and cancer one he/she could have a asthma attack. Or the bosses could over work us so it would be our parents fault for that reason and if that happens why would any one at the age of 13 works so. NO 13 YEAR OLD SHOULD WORK

  • It should stay at 15

    The minimum age for child employment should not be lowered by any standards. I know that 13 year old kids could work, but I think they need to focus on their studies and not work. They could mow lawns and babysit, but adding more people into our workforce and earning a minumum wage is not smart.

  • 15 is fine.

    I feel that the minimum working age for a child should remain at 15. At 15 you are starting to really get your feet wet into the world that you will be living once you leave your home. I think that at 13 you are just a little too immature still.

  • The Minimum Age for Child Employment Should Stay at 15

    In some states, the child employment age is 14 years, such as in Maine, where teenagers can bag groceries for minimum wage a couple hours a week. Lowering the minimum working age to 13 would not allow children to have a childhood. The middle school years are very formative years in an adolescent's development, and working should wait until the child is in high school in order to give them experiences and skills that would make them effective in a workplace environment. Lowering the working age to 13 years old does not have many benefits.


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