After-School Jobs Take Their Toll

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The Marietta (Ga.) Times

Nearly eight in 10 U.S. teens work during their high school years. But parents, teachers and experts worry that at least some teens are working too much, too soon – risking workplace injuries and allowing their jobs to interfere with school.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 38,000 teen workers were injured, and another 134 were killed, at their jobs in 2004. Experts say that many safety issues stem from exhaustion. But striking a balance between work, school and an active social life can be difficult for both teens and parents. March 9,