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    Should the working age be updated?

    In the US, you are legally allowed to hold a job at the age of 15 and a half. You are also allowed to get a temporary driving permit to learn how to drive at this time. A friend of mine brought up the working age and made a suggestion that I thought may be able to benefit some people.

    Instead of keeping the working age where it is, he suggested that we make it 13 and have it where certain places can hire much younger staff for things they can do. Things like stocking shelves, cleaning, organizing, light delivery and things like that. This would not include jobs where they handle money or food (cooking it).

    This would help kids save money a few years younger for college, or a car, or just to help their family out if they want to.

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    As far as I know, working age for Oregon is 14, but with limitations on working hours and what they are allowed to do. The minimum working age differs state to state in the US that I know of. However, considering the maturity level of 13 year olds I've seen lately I wouldn't trust them to run a gumball machine let alone a cash register. Sorry if I sound mean, but I barely trust older teens and young adults to their own jobs right. I was one of them at one point and I lived off of top ramen and mac'n cheese during my early twenties. I understand what you're getting at KorinKitty, but I have to say the legal working should be 17. At 17 you most likely have a driver's license, so that means you're able to drive to work and for work. Have better sense of responsibility than a 13 yo and a better knowledge of reading, writing and math to do their job adequately. This is only my opinion and as such is subject to change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord-Idolo View Post
    As far as I know, working age for Oregon is 14, but with limitations on working hours and what they are allowed to do. The minimum working age differs state to state in the US that I know of. However, considering the maturity level of 13 year olds I've seen lately I wouldn't trust them to run a gumball machine let alone a cash register. Sorry if I sound mean, but I barely trust older teens and young adults to their own jobs right. I was one of them at one point and I lived off of top ramen and mac'n cheese during my early twenties. I understand what you're getting at KorinKitty, but I have to say the legal working should be 17. At 17 you most likely have a driver's license, so that means you're able to drive to work and for work. Have better sense of responsibility than a 13 yo and a better knowledge of reading, writing and math to do their job adequately. This is only my opinion and as such is subject to change.
    That is why I said no food and no money, they wouldn't be allowed to work jobs where cooking food was involved or where handling money was involved. I was one step a head of ya on that one! LOL I know what you mean. A lot of them are airheads in a sense but at the same time I think the average 13 year old could stock a mean shelf. haha

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    That's what's wrong with my country, in the Philippines working age is at 18 and one can't work under that age, which is really wrong. That's why most out of school youths below 18 becomes criminals because they don't even have an opportunity of working. I agree that the working age should be brought down to atleast 16 years old in my country.

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    Here in the UK you have to be sixteen to work. You can work part-time when you're thirteen though, which is how I got my first job as a paperboy at that age. Up at the crack of dawn every single day for a measly 10 a week, but I can't say that I didn't see the value in being able to get a new video game every few weeks.

    I think that sixteen is the best full-time working age. Fact remains, a lot of kids are irresponsible and a low working age encourages dropping out of school. In Britain sixteen is the age you finish secondary school and you can choose to go to college or work. Dropping out earlier makes much less sense this way. While I agree that there are some circumstances that sometimes cause a student to drop out involuntarily, there are usually alternative education methods. By all means one may discontinue studies at sixteen, but before then education is vital, especially considering how so many unskilled jobs are being handled by machines or taken by adult immigrants.

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    Here minors or those below 18 years of age can work informal jobs like bring a staff in their family business but not regular work because it's against one of our stupid laws which penalizes and even close down businesses which employs minors. The only minors that can work here legally are those who are in the entertainment industry.

    Our education system here is one of the most profitable line of businesses and the school owners lobbies for longer school studying years. Normally a child starts school at 4 nursery, 5 kinder, 6 preparatory, then 12 years of grade school and high school, so by the time he graduates highschool he's already 18 years old then college is between 2 years to 8 years.

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