1. Compare the advantages and disadvantages for teens who work. Give some statistics to support the pros and cons of working.
They become more independent when making money. They can buy more material items. They can learn to handle their money in a responsible way especially if they are saving for cars, paying insurance, etc. Some even have to contribute to the family income. It also gives them work experience that can be used in the future for other jobs. Those who work up to ten hours had higher grades. Some who are involved in work study programs do better in school work. Many times they do not get enough sleep if they work long hours or late shifts. Grades might drop. There is no free time to spend with friends and they don’t have time for sports or extra curricular activities. Those who work longer hours usually have their grades affected.
2. In what ways does advertising affect teenager’s desire to work? In your opinion, are teens an important instrument in our economy? Justify your answer.
Answers will vary. (Employment of teens in the workplace allows store owners and managers to employ lower-salaried workers. This keeps food costs low. Benefits are not usually provided, so overhead is also kept low. This enables them to sell the product at a competitive price.)
3. In what ways do teenagers contribute to the economy other than holding jobs?
Teenagers today usually receive an allowance from their parents even if they do not hold part-time jobs. They buy their clothes, their music, and other wants/needs with that allowance - or their earned money. Advertisements and a huge portion of the retail industry is geared to people from 13 years old to 30 years old. Fads and fashions are made to attract this age person more than those who are older, although that is beginning to change with the abundance of Baby Boomers growing older. Look up the statistics of how much this demographic spends on clothes, shoes, music and other entertainment each year. The amount is staggering and our economy depends greatly on teenagers both earning and spending their money.