Child Labor

Is child labor necessary in developing countries?

What is child labor? (Background Info)

  • economic activity done by a child under 15
  • 14-18 hours a day of work
  • kids taken from their families
  • some labor is unhealthy and abusive
  • some can be instructive and a good learning experience for children
  • in some labor, the child can be forced to work

Dangers

  • some child labor can be abusive
  • some labor can be unhealthy
  • child labor can give a lack of educational opportunities
  • some children may be working under unsafe conditions
  • countries would have to take a risk and end the conditions that cause child labor
  • some work can lead to harmful effects on the child's health

Benefits

  • some work offers learning experiences
  • countries have economic survival
  • child labor can be beneficial for education
  • healthy labor under supervision can help the growth of a child
  • children who don't have to work have the benefit of active and working parents to help

Is child labor necessary in developing countries?

In my opinion, child labor is not necessary in developing countries. I think this because depending on how bad the child labor is, it could harm the country and would not help a country. Based on my research, another reason I believe child labor is not necessary, is because child labor can affect a child's education which would decrease the growth of the country. Also, child labor can cause bad health for the child which would also not help a countries growth. In conclusion, I think child labor is not necessary in a developing country based on my research and thought.

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