AGE OF CONSENT: SHOULD WE LOWER THE WORKING AGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WANTING TO EARN

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“The right to work.”


at least this age

When I was a young child I wanted to start earning. But due to the strict labor laws that we have in this country, that prohibited me from working when I wanted to. But you are allowed to have a work permit with the parent’s consent at the age of 12. Only in certain jobs can you be this age, like delivering newspapers.  but if you want to work in a lot of other places you have to be 16 years old. But working anywhere is allowed upon your 18th birthday. Will we ever see for certain circumstances a much younger person able to earn? Like, why can’t an 11 year old work at a fast food restaurant?

rules are made to not be broken

Once upon a time in American history, the child was not able to just stay home and play as children do today. You had to work and provide some form of income for the family. There was no sitting around and doing nothing. It didn’t matter if you were a farm hand, or some kids in the distant past worked in the factory along side their parent. But then all these rules had to be put into place to guarantee that the child would not only be safe, but insure that they would not be taken advantage of for the their labor. Also, the health of a young child working in a factory would mean a short life expectancy. This could prove to be negative on our society in the long run.

odd jobs are totally fine

Now, if you are open to allowing your child to make money cutting the grass of neighbors, fine. This is generally the first job that all kids have early on in life. Other jobs include shoveling the snow or running errands for people. This is the introduction into being able to see a hard days work. It will give your child an open eye into what they don’t want to do in life, or do in life.


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