Help Wanted

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

There are summer jobs available this year for young workers compared to the past few years.
The outlook is placing more teens at the helm of hourly jobs, especially during the summer.
But, young workers also means less experience and training with can be a dangerous mix.... and safety isn't on the top of their mind.
14-year old Shaye Meadows says it's great to be a little independant.
"Money is great. I love money because I love to shop."
John Benson says he and his friends were just looking to hang out together.
"My first job was more about fun, then it was about money."
With other things on the mind, it's usually the parents who offer the guidance when choosing a summer job.
Many choose retail or service industries... but, experts say the key is in the questions you ask before the job starts.
Toni Hillyard has two children, one 23 years old and the other 14.
She says she's been through the summer job search with her son, and she's ready to do it with her daughter this year.
"Safety is the first, most important thing. We've lived here all of our lives. Our family lives here. So, kind of the word of mouth is how I work."
Since injuries can occur anywhere, understand the environment your teen will be required to work in.
Talk about the hours scheduled and how your teen will get to and from the car and then home.
Training is especially important at any job, especially where your teen will be responsible for the safety of others.
Ian Stewart is a lifeguard at the Sparks Marina.
He says it's important to be responsible and mature if you're manning the beach.
"Working out here you definitely have got to have some responsibility. It's not just a kick-back job. You've got to know what you're doing."
To help protect your working teenager, experts say they need to be informed about the rights they have in a workplace.
Depending on their age, the hours and physical requirements may vary... so it's a good idea to look into the law with your teen.... before the paychecks begin.


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