Do you think there should be restrictions around the number of hours youth can work?

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By Shandi Cameron

Parents and teachers push teenagers to "do their best" and "work hard to get into a good school." Students are put under an enormous amount of pressure while attending school and as time progresses; the amount of pressure only continues to rise. Teenagers are bombarded with the need to study, finish homework and then on top of that, get involved. Whether, that means volunteering, participating in sports, or being a part of other extracurricular activities. You can only do your best in things you have time for. If you don’t have the time, how can you put in your best effort? Adding to the day to day survival of high school, students are expected to have a job to make some extra money.

The Youth Employment Act states that no employer can employ a young person between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or during normal school hours because you can't directly take a student out of school. But employers can indirectly take students away from school by assigning too many hours which restrict the amount of time they have to focus on their studies. The act also states that young persons can only work up to three hours on a school day and eight hours on non-school days which in my opinion this is an exceptional act because it makes perfect sense. If a student is going to work, there has to be restrictions on the hours they work.  If their schedule is jam-packed full of hours to work, where are the hours they need to study? The way I look at it is, if students work too much, their school work will take a back seat and their grades will suffer. The most important thing to remember is that education is essential. School should always come first.

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  • Martin Van Letmework
    December 02, 2014 - 10:58

    Here's a crazy idea - why not just only choose to work fewer hours? If you want to work 25+ hours a week while in high school, all the power to you. Work experience is valuable and if you need the money to help your family, who is the government to tell you that you can't do that?

  • Sensible Parent
    October 07, 2014 - 17:54

    It is entirely appropriate to limit the number of hours a teen in high school can work. Education and health should be the priority. I would suggest 8-10 hours a week is a reasonable limit and should deliver any school age kid more than sufficient "pocket money".

  • workaholic
    September 13, 2014 - 09:49

    Are you out of your mind....aight!