Child Labor

Why does child labor still exist

Background Information

Child Labor goes on in many countries through out the world. About 158 million children ages 5-14 engage in child labor. For most children ages 12-14 child labor is as at least 14 hours of economic activity or 28 hours of household chores per week. For children 4-11 years old the maximum hours of work is 1 hour of economic work or 28 hours of household chores a week. Many times children work in dangerous environments too. The sad thing is most often children engaged in child labor work for little or no pay. Child labor is both a result of poverty and a factor in the persistence of poverty which means these kids are doing this to help keep their families alive. Instead of going to school children sometimes work in very dangerous conditions.


- May be subjected to beatings, starvation, and may be overworked

- Short-term health effects

- Exposure to pesticides

- Use of dangerous machinery

- Psychological hazards ( isolation, abuse, and exploitation )

- Cancer, infertility, chronic back pain, and IQ reduction are some of the long-term outcomes you would expect.


- Children can help keep their family alive.

- Parents don't have to pay for school

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Child labour is a force for good : Jack Notman at TEDxYouth@CBC

My Opinion

In my opinion I think that every child should have a chance at a good education and a good childhood. Personally I think that if a child has to work instead of going to school just to keep their family alive, that is pretty sad. I think the government should help them out. I understand that the government may not be strong enough, but I think countries around the poverty filled countries should step in and help them out. I do see why it still exists though. Many parents are either sick or have a disability, and they need as many people in their family to work so they can survive. But child labor can cause so many bad things in a child's life that a child shouldn't have to deal with. When a child doesn't go to school just so they can work, they are just setting themselves, and their kids up for the life they had as a kid and are going to have as an adult. I think child labor still exists for the reasons listed, but that still doesn't mean I believe in it.


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