So your child wants a hamster, eh? So your wondering if you should get her one or not. Here are some things that should ask yourself about your child...
Is your child responsible?
Does she do her homework? Get good grades? Strive to be the best she can be? If she is responsible, then that's great. If not, I would not recommend a hamster. You would be the one cleaning the cage, and to clean the cage without the hamster biting you, you need to tame the hamster... Yes, tame it. I will make another post about that soon.
Does your child take care of the things she has at the moment?
Do you have a dog, cat, fish, or other animal in the house? If so, does she take care of it? Does she walk the dog, pet/ feed the cat, or feed her fish? If not, I would put those things into order before getting a hamster. Set up a schedule for her to walk the dog, or ask her to feed the fish everyday. Simple things like that, can make a big difference. If she takes care of other animals, and you can trust her in that position, then a hamster would be great.
If you don't have any other animals, does she have siblings? If so, does she care for them? If old enough, does she babysit them? If you can trust her with your own kids, then you can trust her with a hamster.
Let's that your child doesn't have any siblings, or any pets. Does she help around the house? Does she clean her room, or clean the kitchen? If so, then that's great.
Does your child like biology?
This is not required, but it's great if she is. If she's really interested, she would research before getting the animal. What's great about this, is that if the hamster has any sort of sickness, she would be able to identify it, and in some ways be able to cure it.
So overall, after reading this, do you think your child really wants a hamster? Is she passionate about it? If so, get her a hamster! If not, maybe a virtual hamster would be better :).