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Part-time Jobs = Unhealthy Teens MAG

By Anonymous

   With the amount of money spent by teens, most parentsexpect them to earn their own cash. Although part-time jobs do develop moneymanagement skills and responsibility in teenagers, they can be dangerous to ateen's health and safety.

Teens with part-time jobs are at risk of leadingunhealthy lives. A study done by the National Research Council and Institute ofMedicine has shown that teens who work 20 hours a week often get less sleep andexercise than those who don't work. This can lead to lower grades. Teens who workmore than 20 hours a week are also more likely to use alcohol.

Part-timejobs can also jeopardize the safety of youth. The U.S. Department of Laborreports that 100,000 teens visit an emergency room annually for treatment ofjob-related injuries. With insufficient training and inexperience causing mostinjuries.

Part-time jobs do have rewards, but can be hazardous to teens.Working fewer hours a week could help teens maintain a normal lifestyle andprevent them from being injured. Adolescents should not be discouraged fromhaving part-time jobs, but working less would benefit not only teens, but alsoAmerica.

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i love this so much!

on Mar. 16 2010 at 12:10 pm
ReflectionsofYou GOLD, Mason, Tennessee
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I think anything can be dangerous if it's not done right. Every teen is different, so the idividual hours that are approipriate for them to work will be different,

on Feb. 9 2010 at 1:49 pm
MisplacedTexan14, Saratoga, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them."- a Bumper Sticker
"If Obama was the answer, it was a stupid question." - Another Bumper sticker

There is danger in every job. As soon as I'm old enough, I want to get a job and its not because I need it. My family is well off. But having a job gives you responsibility and you get the satisfaction of earning your own money.