Your teen may be working to earn spending money or to help out your family.
As you know, having a job can be beneficial to your teen's self-esteem
and sense of independence. Work gives teens an idea of what kind of jobs
they find appealing and may even help them decide their future path.
At the same time, too much work can affect your teen's school performance.
Also, teens may come across health and safety hazards in the workplace
but be unprepared for them. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your
teen safe on the job.
You may also download a copy
of the Parent Tips that appear below for yourself and other parents
of teen workers.
Tips for Parents with Working Teens
||Know the laws
||Make sure your teen has a work permit.
In California, even during the summer, workers under 18 years old must
have a permit to work for each new job (unless they have already graduated).
Students apply for work permits at their school or district office.
||Watch for these warning signs that
your teen may be in an unsafe or unhealthy situation at work.
- Tiredness. Is your teen always tired or complaining of not
getting enough rest?
- Lost Interest. Has your teen lost interest in school or extracurricular
activities? Do they no longer have time for family and friends?
- Work Injuries. Has your teen or other employees been injured
on the job?
- Unhappy at Work. Does your teen appear unhappy with work? Often
teens find it difficult to talk about mistreatment by a supervisor,
sexual harassment, workplace stress, or other job problems.
||Talk to your teen.
- What tasks do they do? Talk frequently about your teen's job.
For example, are they asked to do heavy lifting? Work alone for extended
- Was your teen trained for the job? If your teen is asked to
perform a new task, he/she should be given training before doing it,
including safety training. The training must cover the hazards unique
to that job, and safety measures to protect against injury.
- What are the potential workplace hazards? Ask your teen's opinion
of the workplace. Are there slippery floors, locked or blocked exit
doors, crowded spaces, or machines without safety guards?
Is the supervisor always present? Find out if the supervisor
shows concern about the employees and encourages questions.
||Help resolve work problems.
If your teen has concerns about hours or safety at work, help him or
her think about what changes are needed and why, whose help might be
needed, and how to approach the supervisor.
||Set limits on work hours.
If your teen is always tired or having trouble keeping up with school
work, he or she may be working too many hours. Help your teen reduce
his or her work hours.
||Share this information with others
in your community.
For ideas on how to spread the word, click here: Safe
Jobs for Youth Month.