Child Labor

Is right to make your child do work?

Intro to Child Labor

Child labor has been going on since the 1700s and the 1800s. In that time children as young as 8 worked only because they would be beaten if they didn't or they're parents needed money and they couldn't find a job.

The History of Child Labor

Again, child labor started in the 1700s and 1800s in the U.S. and Britain. It first started when countries were first developing. Machines replaced hand-making things and factory owners found that children were capeable of operating machinery, and that children were less money to pay. Then, by the mid-1800s child labor was a major problem.

The Cons of Child Labor

  • Children in India work in mineshafts without the proper equipment, that means they have a greater risk of getting diseases
  • In the Philippines, a survey found that children working in agriculture are put in higher risk of injury compared to any other child working
  • Since children are so young, they are less pay, can't protest against the way they are being treated or payed, and it's easier to fire them. This way its just easier to have them as a worker, also it will exploit them
  • Children doing child labor are not allowed to go to school because going to school is a sure way to eliminate poverty
  • Since children don't require as much money to pay, and lota of companies want to hir children, adults find it hard to get jobs
  • Kids working with harmful chemicals, heavy equipment, etc. can be affected by that in later years, e.g. children in Pakistan and India stitch soccer balls by hand, this can cause intense pressure on children's finger joints and can cause further damage
  • Children who work in factories sometimes work with harmful chemicals, dangerous machinery, and unheated or unventilated workspaces

The Pros of Child Labor

  • In foreign families' work ethnic, child labor is sometimes seen as "participation", most of these countries though, are poor countries
  • children can fit into small spaces, so they can do jobs adults cannot, e.g. chimney sweeps and working in marrow mineshafts
  • Doing house work, for example, cooking or cleaning, can help them when they get older
  • Since children learn things quickly and they do it repitive (for example, if they're working in a facory) then they can learn it quickly and it sticks with them
  • Child labor can help a company too. Since the company doesn't have to pay the children so much, the company can spend more money producing items and selling them
  • In a developing country it helps companies and businesses because children are less money to pay then adults

Regulating Child Labor

  • Britain's Factory Act of 1802 helped with the end to child labor. It prohibited children ages 9 to 13 to work more than 8 hours per day
  • Britain's Factory Act helped the conditions, and work amount of the children. This was a big help because other countries followed
  • Massechuetts helped by limiting working children's work hours. Soon after other states passed similar laws
  • The Federal Government enacted a child labor law which resticted when children can work and what jobs they can have
  • fortunatley, in 1899 28 states passed child labor laws, but then the Congress passed two laws, in 1918 and 1922, and the Supreme Court declared them unlawful
  • Sadly, in 1924, Congress passed a law, but the statees did not approve it. Then, in 1938 Congress passed the Fair Labors Standards Act
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2 girls protesting against child labor in the 1909 New York City Labor Day Parade

My Thoughts of Child Labor

My thoughts of child labor are that it should be limited as much as it can. And that each month someone comes around and inspects to see if the children are in a safe environment. I think this way because kids get sick and develope diseases from unsafe environments. Although its not fair to the children being forced to do it, some children need child labor to get money to pay for their whole family or they just need to pay back their parents.. The child should do the labor only if he or she wants to. Banning it to where its minimal will help poor countries. This will also give adults the chance to get a job because it was hard for them to find one. Banning it will also give children a little more say, because they couldnt stand up to their boss, or the boss will probably beat them. If child labor is part of the ethnic of a certain coutry then of course no one can change that, but the children should still be able to tell someone that they're being treated unfairly. I hope that child labor will soon be a thing of the past, or that the people running the factory will give the children more say.

My Work Cited

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