[hackerspaces] Children in hackerspaces.
mc.fly at ramdrive.org
Wed Feb 3 13:06:50 CET 2010
I can only speak for the ccc hamburg. This is open for 23 years now
somehow - in fact we are moving right now to a newer bigger space - and
we have some experience with under age people here. Under age is 18 most
likely in germany.
The youngest frequent visitor here is 13. He was brought by his dad,
which is a coder to show the kid a cool place to hang around and not
play World of Warcraft all day.
Well, i personally think he did right.
We also have a projekt called "Chaos macht Schule" (Chaos doing school)
where we go out to schools and talk to teachers, parents and pupils
about $topics (there are a lot of topics to talk about).
Some of them then show up at our space.
I personally think that you have to attract the young ones for the
organisation to not grow old and die.
Hackers tend to go away after time due to this marry / child thingie.
Sometimes when people promise to come back they also say things like
"real live", "responseability" and other stuff. Usually they stop paying
after around 2 years and never come back.
Get used to it. If you want to have your space running you need to get
* handle things to younger people to let them do things and learn
* accept that you grow older
* accept that the young ones will make mistakes and therefore
learn about it.
If you think you have liability issues you should not whine on this list
but talk to a lawyer how to construct your legal person in a way that
that can get avoided. Some note under age people and their parents need
to sign. (glad we dont need to do this.)
The problem i am having with this topic is that the subject is about
children. Most likely the real live issue is under age people who are
far away from being children. I do think most of them come around 16 to
You should welcome them.
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