CHILD LABOR britain factory work
the lost years of childhood by: Blaize Kennedy
child labor: JOBS
- child labor consist of multiple jobs and activities.
- one job was called match dipping. in which the child dipped matches in a dangerous chemical called phosphorous.
- some worked as mill workers.
- they had a range of jobs from cleaning machines to actually repairing the machines.
- some cleaned the streets so the higher class didnt have to walk on roads with trash and horse crap on it.
- the lucky kids worked on farms as bird scarers keeping birds off the farmers crops.
child labor: HOURS
- children workers had to get up at 3:30-4:00 to go to work.
- so kids were actually pulled from there beds to work in factories.
- they worked for tweleve to fifteen hours. the worked almost all day and could not fall asleep or take breaks.
- the worked till 5:00 pm.the were also only given 30 minute eating breaks that had to last tghem all day.
child labor: ACCIDENTS
- children experienced loads of different accidents on the job.
- one common one was the lose of fingers and limbs.
- the girls hair would occasionally get caught a ripped out in machines.
- some would fall into dangerous chemicals.
- some would accidently talk back to overseers and get beat and verbally abused.
my hand slipped-kid missing fingers due to a machine accident
child labor: PUNISHMENTS
- punishments for children were thought to be cruel and unusual.
- beatings and starvation was the biggest punishments they received.
- but some factory owners got creative and some times used isolation and public humiliation.
- overseers watched children as they worked and would punish them if they did the littlest thing wrong.
- they would beat them with sticks, straps, and even horse whips.
ouch charlie that hurt-children who probably just got a beating from an overseer
child labor: FOOD
- the food feed to the children was usually stale or not to healthy.
- the ate things like gruel, cheap meats, and porridge.
- some of the older kids even drank beer with there food.
- some of the not as poor kids ate nicer foods like bacon and drank tea.
- orphans were feed stale bread and gruel.
can i have some more please-a bowl of cold gruel given to workers
child labor: WORKING CONDITIONS
- the working conditions of children were so low that they almost didn't exist.
- the factory owner and some of the factory workers didn't care about the safety of children.
- overseers beat, yelled and even throw kids out of the factory.
- if they were late they were beat without mercy.
- adult workers would also beat and yell at children if they messed up there own work.
- some adults would even blame the kids for their mess ups.
cleaning the metal monsters-children wearing no shoes and working on a still active machine
child labor: EFFORTS TO IMPROVE
- at first no one cared for the children safety or health.
- factory owners and even some parents agreed to child labor (the parents would say they needed the money).
- that was until the factory act was passed by parliament.
- it set an hour and age limit on children workers.
- no child under the age of nine was allowed to work in factories.
- it also said that kids had to attend at least two hours of school everyday.