Opinion: Kids as young as 13 should be able to get certain jobs and get paid minimum wage

While the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets 14 years old as the minimum age for employment, I believe that kids as young as 13 should be able to get certain jobs and get paid minimum wage.

I hold this belief because many kids have interests and their parents cannot always give them what they want. It will also be good practice and experience for when they get a better and more formal job.

There are pros and cons to teenagers having jobs. The pros are that jobs will help certain children develop bigger responsibility, and will also help them manage their money properly. It will also make them mature and develop into adults.

Teenagers can also use their money to save up for their own car and save money in their savings account so their money wouldn’t be a temptation. There is also scientific research that states that “Teens that work a reasonable amount of hours—less than 15 hours a week—get better grades than teens who don’t work.”

However, the cons are that jobs can make a teenager’s childhood feel like a less amount of time, like if it were ending too soon. Jobs can also add too much stress on teenagers which they are too young for, and there might be situations that teenagers might not be old enough or ready for.

There are also studies that show children who work more than 15 hours a week do not do good in school, and can most likely fail school. Some children can also use their money in a bad way.

Ultimately, it all depends on how you act and if you do well in school or not.