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Set a Limit on How Many Hours They Can Work

About half of all high school and college students work part-time. Conventional wisdom indicates that working after school teaches responsibility and builds character. Even so, the number of hours worked can be a problem and detrimental to their education. Cross this line and teens are more likely to display emotional distress, misbehavior at school, and use of alcohol and other drugs to cope with their burnout and stress levels.

Academic Performance Will be Affected

Students who put in long hours tend to get lower grades, miss more days from school, have a hard time staying awake in class, participate in fewer extracurricular activities, and enjoy school less than their peers. Even so, one in two high school graduates and one in three full-time college students work more than twenty hours a week. There's nothing wrong with joining the workforce young but make sure school is still the main priority.

Follow These Guidelines to Keep a Healthy Balance Between School and Work

The Child Labor Coalition of the National Consumers League, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, suggests the following guidelines for hours, night hours, and supervision:

For Fourteen and Fifteen-Year-Olds:

  • During the School Year: No more than 3 hours of work a day and less than 15 hours of work a week.
  • During the Summer: No more than 8 hours a day and 15 hours a week.

Sixteen and Seventeen-Year-Olds:

  • During the School Year: No more than 4 hours a day and 20 hours a week.
  • During the Summer: No more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week.
  • No working before 7:00 a.m. nor after 10:00 p.m. is allowed.

Academic Tutoring in Tampa

Help your children prepare for the upcoming school year by enrolling them in tutoring in Tampa. The academic programs at The Tutoring Center, Tampa FL can help students of all ages reach their academic potential. Learn all about these by giving them a call at (813) 991-9888. Lastly, be sure to ask about your free diagnostic assessment!


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