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Discussion on: Old enough to code, too young for the next step?

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Tim Myers

When I was 10 I had a paper route, when I was 12 I mowed lawns, when I was 13 I got paid to Umpire little league games, when I was 15 I worked at Taco Bell.

Kids can and do earn money. This is just a digital version of that. I grew up dirt poor and I felt a need to help my mom as much as possible by working as soon as possible.

Your connection to mental illness is WAY off base. There is nothing wrong or abnormal about this behavior.

The ONLY concern I would have for minors working is that in some counties minors are unable to enter into contracts. I would be worried about people taking advantage of that fact.

For example, someone could contract a 15 year old to build them an app or website and then they could just not pay them by saying the contract is void.

So any minors should have a parent or guardian at least be aware of what they’re doing and possibly be a co-signer on any contracts to make sure they have legal standing.

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Shaquil Maria Author

Your connection to mental illness is WAY off base. There is nothing wrong or abnormal about this behavior.

Like I said that's what I am assuming, it might be way off base indeed. But social media is displaying this world of luxury and that everyone can get there easily, if you don't see that, then I think you don't really use the internet. Kids are easily influenced by their surroundings, if all they see is violence, the chance of them becoming violent is great. In the same way, if all they see is people evangelizing making money easy that is what they will pursue. And when they see that it is not that easy they might succumb to the pressure they set themselves and fall into depression for example.

Kids can and do earn money.

My issue is not kids earning money, it is kids focusing too much on earning money rather than enjoying life as kids without a lot of worries.

I would be worried about people taking advantage of that fact.

Totally agree with this part. This is one of my main concerns why kids and teens should not be dealing with that level of work. A simple side job like mowing lawns is less risky than signing a multi-thousand dollars project contract in my humble opinion.

So any minors should have a parent or guardian at least be aware of what they’re doing

I mean, if you are a parent that does not know what it takes to develop an app or website I don't think you are of very much help in signing contracts about that specifically, but indeed they can certainly help in some cases.

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Amelia Vieira Rosado 🐣✨

I would be worried about people taking advantage of that fact.

Good point raised here. I feel like some teens may overlook this themselves. As you said, parents and guardians need to be involved.

Your connection to mental illness is WAY off base. There is nothing wrong or abnormal about this behavior.

What I interpreted is that teens spend time on socials and see things like: "HOW TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE AGED 15" and they set those expectations for themselves. (We can discern the BS in that, they probably can't yet.) They then go in and blindly pursue fame, only to (at times) get gravely disappointed. That "social pressure" to be a billionaire straight out of the womb is what I think will drive some into depression and mental illness (if no one is there to help them keep their feet on the ground). Just my two cents. What do you think?