It’s not always easy to find a way for kids to earn extra money. Sometimes babysitting isn’t an option. Or there aren’t enough household chores (or household money to pay for those chores). If they aren’t old enough to work they can’t find seasonal work.

But there are surveys created especially for kids that seek opinions on topics such as popular toys, games and food, and they pay cash for those opinions.

Surveys for kids work the same way as the surveys available for adults: A questionnaire is completed, either electronically or by mail, and participants are compensated for their participation. After points are redeemed for money, cash payment is sent in the form of a check or PayPal disbursement, depending upon the company.

Here are three survey opportunities that can help kids earn extra money while also learning more about market research for consumers.

Teens Eyes

This online survey company seeks feedback from teens ages 13 to 18. Survey topics at Teens Eyes revolve around products and services for teens, including television shows, music, movies, snack foods and clothing. After signing up, email notifications are sent with an invitation to participate in an upcoming survey. In exchange for survey participation, teens are either entered into sweepstakes or accrue points that can be redeemed for cash.

Points are worth $0.01 each. The majority of surveys reward panelists with several hundred to several thousand points, amounting to $2 to $20 per survey. Once 1,000 points have been reached they can be redeemed for money. The maximum number of points a panelist can earn in one calendar year is 60,000 points.

ScamAdviser gave Teens Eyes a high trust rating (teens were not solicited for products and no spamming took place).

Kids Opinions

Both parents and children ages 6-14 can participate in surveys through Kids Opinions. Panelists take surveys, polls, and answer trivia questions to earn points which can be redeemed for money.

Each opportunity will display the points associated with the survey (1,000 points equals $1). The minimum balance must reach 10,000 points in order to request a payout. Opportunities are available both online and in person. New panelist opportunities are not always available, so check the site to learn current availability.

Kidz Eyes

This online research panel caters to children ages 6-12. Panelists on Kidz Eyes answer questions about children's products and services like games, toys, and food. Surveys are conducted online, and kids are rewarded with points that can be redeemed for cash. Surveys usually award a few hundred points each. Reward redemption is available once 1,000 points (equivalent to $10) have been banked.

Epinions had mostly positive reviews about Kidz Eyes. Overall feedback included reviews about kids enjoying the chance to participate and get checks in the mail, and parents had favorable comments about a resource seeking opinions from kids.

Parents should evaluate each company carefully before allowing children to sign up. Each company requires U.S. residency in addition to other requirements, such as specific age ranges and a valid email.

This is a guest post by Jennifer from San Antonio, TX
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