Letters to the Editor

Work will do kids no harm

Re: “Let kids be kids,” by Kelley Scarsbrook, Jan. 13.

Ms. Scarsbrook has the right to express her opinion and I respect her for doing just that. But, as a parent, there are other avenues to consider.

I agree not all youth under 16 years of age should be involved with part-time jobs. But the provincial laws do allow such with the approval of the parents and it is they who should decide, not legislation. I would prefer a steady, motivated, young person to have a part-time job, earning some pocket money, rather than have them in front of a television, spending hours with video games, the Internet or being generally idle. Part-time work permits interaction with other people, develops solid character even at an early age, and makes a better young adult.

I agree that they make errors but they learn from these errors.

The jobs young people are involved in today are not exactly comparable to the child labour days of the early 20th century. And, to offset such by assigning household chores – nice try, but it won’t work!

Gerry Dwyer

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