[hackerspaces] People in hackerspaces - ages?

Ben Brown ben at generik.ca
Fri Jan 17 15:53:41 CET 2014

Traditionally Kwartzlab has allowed kids in the space so long as they're
supervised by an a parent (we're not a babysitter after all). A few
months back we decided to lower the unsupervised membership age to 16
(we had a couple inquiries from teens), and we now have a 17-year old
member. We vet new members, so we just ensure they're mature enough to
handle being at the space by themselves. Our insurance guy was oddly
comfortable with it all.


On 1/16/2014 9:16 PM, Shirley Hicks wrote:
> How do other hackerspaces and makerspaces handle small children within
> the space?
> We've set our initial policy as no-one under the age of 18 will be a
> member or will operate shop tools.
> However, we're in a town in where many people have young families --
> and we're much more likely to 
> have people use the space more frequently if we have a way for them to
> have their children nearby or 
> have a safe area for the kids to hang out. 
> What decisions have you made at your spaces? If you have decided to
> accommodate small children, how
> have you handled the liability and safety issues?
> Shirley Hicks
> Board member-at-large
> Red Mountain Makers
> 5502 1st Avenue North
> Birmingham, AL 35212
> Email: redmtnadm at redmountainmakers.org
> <mailto:redmtnadm at redmountainmakers.org>
> www.redmountainmakers.org <http://www.redmountainmakers.org>
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