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Old 09-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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13 yo dd

I'm sure this has been addressed before but what is the deal with 13 yo's in the teen club? My dd wants to join her 16yo cousin in the teen club this Dec/Jan on the Dream. I'm confused if she is allowed.

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If your signature is accurate, your DD will have just turned 13. The Edge is for 11-14 yos so she will be almost a year away from the age range. If kids are within a couple months the sometimes allow the parent to sign a waiver allowing them to switch to the next club level.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
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You are correct, she turns 13 next week. She is in 8th grade and definitely identifies herself as a teenager. She won't want to be in the same club as her 6th grade little brother.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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When we were on the Dream last month, the Edge was listed as 11-14, and the Vibe was listed as 14-17. The CM's in Edge had a list of all kids ages 10-14, and Vibe had a list of all kids onboard ages 13-17. If a parent signed a consent form, a 10yo was allowed in Edge, and 13yo in Vibe.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:00 PM   #5
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You are correct, she turns 13 next week. She is in 8th grade and definitely identifies herself as a teenager. She won't want to be in the same club as her 6th grade little brother.
I'll just point out that an 11 year old can be in either the Lab (goes through age 12) or Edge (11-14).

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Old 09-28-2012, 10:09 PM   #6
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The programming is basically designed to duplicate middle school/junior high vs. high school groups. An 8th grader who is barely 13 is not a high schooler, regardless of how mature she thinks she is.

You are free to talk to the CMs, but do consider that there are thing that go on in and near the teen programming that my DD decided were inappropriate at 16/17. She opted to leave when this stuff started.
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I'm sure this has been addressed before but what is the deal with 13 yo's in the teen club? My dd wants to join her 16yo cousin in the teen club this Dec/Jan on the Dream. I'm confused if she is allowed.

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DD can spend lots of time with the 16 yr old cousin on the ship, just not in the club. There are movies, swimming, sports, and more.

I would not put a just turned 13 yr old in that club - 17 year olds are far more mature and adult-like. I have had two DD's in there so I know...lol.
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From the shenanigans the teens tell us about I wouldn't worry if she's not in that club! I'd hate my 13 year-old to be put in that kind of peer pressure environment. I know high school kids do it all but i'm going to hang on as long as possible!
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You are correct, she turns 13 next week. She is in 8th grade and definitely identifies herself as a teenager. She won't want to be in the same club as her 6th grade little brother.
Maybe your 6th grade son would prefer the lab? Then 13 year-old can have the edge for herself?
When our daughter was in edge earlier this year there were lots of older kids than her. And lots of the boys her age were in the lab.
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I would not put a just turned 13 yr old in that club - 17 year olds are far more mature and adult-like. I have had two DD's in there so I know...lol.
This! Also consider that the 16 year old may not appreciate a 13 year old tag along. Per DD, the other kids are not kind to kids who are "too young" to be in the programming group. They just ignore the young ones, meaning that they have no one to talk to or hang with other than the relative/friend they are shadowing.

The 6th grade child can choose between Lab and Edge (Lab is thru age 12; Edge overlaps at 11-14.) The 6th grader in the Lab, 8th grader in the Edge, and high schooler in the Vibe works with each having their own special space.
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Great so I have to discourage my 15 yr od boy from going in the teen club,So why are they supervised? can they come and go as they please?does this mean any drugs are involved I am freaking out now ,so will they let him in the 11-14 club He has a younger brother almost 13 that will be going there and maybe the lab ,although I think they will spend alot of time in the arcade ,by the way do the arcades take tokens? he is a good kid i just worry about the peer pressure and in a situation like that they want to fit in
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Great so I have to discourage my 15 yr od boy from going in the teen club,So why are they supervised? can they come and go as they please?does this mean any drugs are involved I am freaking out now ,so will they let him in the 11-14 club He has a younger brother almost 13 that will be going there and maybe the lab ,although I think they will spend alot of time in the arcade ,by the way do the arcades take tokens? he is a good kid i just worry about the peer pressure and in a situation like that they want to fit in
In Edge and Vibe, they can come and go. I don't think anyone was talking about drugs being used in the clubs, just inappropriate behavior (pairing off and language). At 15 he wouldn't be allowed in Edge. the 12 year old can choose between Lab and Edge (no back and forth). The arcade has cards that you load using your KTTW card. Some parents turn off the charging priviliege on their respective kids KTTW card because they've had really expensive surprises show up on their onboard account. There have been reports of older kids in the arcade talking younger kids (with intact charging privileges) into reloading the older childs card.

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Great so I have to discourage my 15 yr od boy from going in the teen club,So why are they supervised? can they come and go as they please?does this mean any drugs are involved I am freaking out now ,so will they let him in the 11-14 club He has a younger brother almost 13 that will be going there and maybe the lab ,although I think they will spend alot of time in the arcade ,by the way do the arcades take tokens? he is a good kid i just worry about the peer pressure and in a situation like that they want to fit in
They are supervised, but each family has a level of what they consider appropriate. No drugs or alcohol is permitted in the teen space--at least not if the CMs are aware of it. They MUST be able to come and go on their own to use the Vibe. What my DD had issues with amounted to "dirty dancing." Really dirty. She was very uncomfortable with the level of touching and suggestive moves that were allowed by the CMs. (yes, they all had their clothes on.) It amounted to "turn down the lights, turn up the music, and......" This was in the evenings.

The Arcade takes "arcade cards." These can be purchased and reloaded using any KTTW card that has charging attached. If your child doesn't have charging, YOU control the arcade card...you can put $10 on it and they have to come to you to reload. There are also times when the programming may choose to do "Invade the Arcade." During those times, all machines are set to free play.
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Great so I have to discourage my 15 yr od boy from going in the teen club,So why are they supervised? can they come and go as they please?does this mean any drugs are involved I am freaking out now ,so will they let him in the 11-14 club He has a younger brother almost 13 that will be going there and maybe the lab ,although I think they will spend alot of time in the arcade ,by the way do the arcades take tokens? he is a good kid i just worry about the peer pressure and in a situation like that they want to fit in
I personally haven't heard of any drug issues. Just hanky panky!

I think we have to remember that these things go on everywhere. And we only hear reports from a very small group here on this forum. And also you only hear about it when there is a story to be told...no-one reports when they had no issues.
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