Teenagers and Politics

Why kids under the age of 18 should be involved in politics


Nick Youngson

Those under 18 should become involved in and learn about politics to benefit their futures.

Samantha Loma, Staff Writer

In this upcoming election and in many of the monumental moments of 2020, “Gen Z”  has become one of the largest culturally embracing and openly advocating groups America has seen in a long time. This comes as a shock to many due to the age range of Gen Z. 

Many decisions made in politics have a direct impact on Gen Z’s future. With the Black Lives Matter movement and the injustices surrounding that topic,  many younger teenagers have gotten more interested in educating themselves about politics. Therefore, the increase in kids under the age of 18 that have spoken out, as well as voiced their opinions on this upcoming election, is no surprise. 

Being involved in politics comes with being aware of your rights as an American citizen and being educated on how to vote when the time comes, a skill we all need. 

However, many people of all ages have very strong opinions about children under the age of 18 being involved in politics because they are not legally able to vote. Many think that teenagers are “too immature for politics” and they’re “better off staying out of it,” but politics correlate with everyday life much more than people think.  Many professional career fields require a person to be educated in politics and current events going on in the world and country.

Not only does politics prepare young adults to vote, but it also allows children to become better educated on topics like law. This gives teenagers with a passion in criminal justice and many other career paths the opportunity to flourish.  

Age does not define a person’s passions and interests. When a teenager is interested in science and history, there are very few people that judge and criticize them for having an interest in these subjects, so it is unfair to judge a teenager for taking an interest in politics. 

Instead of judging and criticizing the young adults under the age of 18 for educating themselves, using their voice to make change and taking steps to achieve their ideal future, educate yourself first and take time to better understand the reasoning behind this new wave of politically educated kids.