CONTROVERSY: Children in the workplace?
Nothing strikes up more antagonism in the world of water cooler discussion than the topic of children in the work place. But when and where is a responsible adult accountable for drawing the line between forced child labor and earnest parental encouragement towards an entrepreneurial head start?
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to be sending my four kids out to the coal mines at 4:00am……”
I find myself on the less popular side of the fence when I take surveillance of those around me vs those who are judging me based on this subject. Don’t get me wrong, I am fervently against forced child labor, however…..I do believe that instilling a strong sense of self achievement, capability and pride in one’s efforts is paramount to raising self sufficient children with a healthy dose of ambition who intend to produce and contribute to society as a whole.
In a world with such varying child labor laws, several countries with very lax regulations, and sadly some with none at all, I believe that parental management plays a key role in governance of children and their “work schedules”. And while I’m not going to send my four children out to the coal mines at 4:00am, I am always on the lookout for constructive and advantageous programs to enroll them in, in the hopes that they will show the ambition and intiative to take it upon themselves to make something grow from them. Such as, recently, I discovered a program offered by a company named 3rd I Collaboratives which introduces burgeoning IT prospects to the world of website development. The most meritable aspect of the program is that the children are not only taught how to code, or creatively piece together the site itself, but they’re also trained in what to do with them after they’ve produced their very own “deliverable”. They’re taught how to estimate and negotiate the value and cost for consumer purchase, how to best present and “sell” their creative construct, and how to work in on-going support and updates/upgrades into their deals. Children who are completing programs such as the one offered by 3rd I Collaboratives are the adults that will be shaping our future.
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