Working Children (Repost)

Posted: April 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

One of the more disturbing aspects of the Industrial Revolution was the extent to which children were used in the factories. A 14 hour work-day was not unusual. Loss of limbs in unprotected machinery and even deaths were common.

In spite of awareness and laws, child labor continues, especially in asia. Do a search for “child labor” and share something you learn and, more importantly, sharing your thinking about this issue.

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  1. Feige says:

    One thing about child labor that stood out was they Nike has been accused of using child labor in the production of soccer balls in Pakistan.

  2. Lauren Y says:

    Child labor has existed throughout American history. the forms have included indentured servitude and slavery. The children moved from farm and home work to urban areas and factories. Factory owners used children more because they were viewed as cheaper, easier to manage, and they were less likely to strike.

  3. Mandy T says:

    s. According to the statistics given by ILO and other official agencies 73 million children between 10 to 14 years of age re employed in economic activities all over the world. The figure translates into 13.2 of all children between 10 to 14 being subjected to child labor. I think it is not right that that many kids are working and that they are so young.. They have there entire life ahead of them to work.

  4. Tori D says:

    According to the Times, the audit, “pointed to extensive violations of child-labor laws and state regulations requiring time for breaks and meals,” including 1,371 instances of minors working too late, during school hours, or for too many hours in a day. There were 60,767 missed breaks and 15,705 lost meal times at the Wal-mart cooperation.

  5. Kylie R. says:

    Child labor varies in age from place to place and by government. There are around 218 million children between the ages of 5-17 working all over the world. I think child labor isn’t bad if the child is around the age of 15. I think any age earlier then that is to early and no child should have to be forced into work.

  6. Chelsea Murphy says:

    In 2008 there were 215 million children working illegally. 100 million of the children were under the age of 15.

  7. Makaygan P says:

    I believe young kids should not be forced to work 10-12 hours shifts every single day. They need to be educated and formed not stuck at machines every day. For children ages 10-14 they work 14 hour shifts. The place that has the most kids working right now is Kenya with 41.3%. That means half of the kids are stuck at machines instead of getting the education they need. How do they expect their kids to become the future of the world if they dont even educate them and prepare them for the life ahead.

  8. Darin H says:

    Most factories had children working 18 hours everyday. Then in 1833 there was a law passed that stopped people from working that long and was limited to 12 hours per day.

  9. Heth says:

    Who knew a smart phone could help end child labor, there is an app out there which rates corporations on their policies and puts the word out of which company has children working in their factories. Due to this companies update their policies and need to get rid of child labor unless they want to lose their profits.

  10. Maddie S. says:

    Today, more than 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 work.
    i think that no child under the age of 14 should work hard labor. It is wrong
    to have children under the age of even 16 working in factories. There are
    so many risks involved.

  11. Megan R says:

    During the Industrial Revolution, children as young as four were employed in production factories with dangerous, and often fatal, working conditions. Based on this understanding of the use of children as laborers, it is now considered by wealthy countries to be a human rights violation, and is outlawed, while some poorer countries may allow or tolerate child labor.
    I think that using kids to work in factories is really stupid, it’s dangerous for even adults to be working in factories. And putting kids as little as four to work in a factory, is even dumber. Four year olds are just learning to talk and discover things, they can’t work in a factory and be expected to not be hurt or killed.

  12. Riley L. says:

    According to various sites on the internet, Wal-mart as been involved in the illegal employment of children into forced labor. Wal-Mart has been fined about $200,000 for violating 1,436 child labor laws by the Maine Department of Labor, when it was discovered that Wal-Mart employed under-aged children and making them work at least ten days in a row. They had been warned several times, but they persisted. This fine was the largest fine that the state ever levied.

  13. Emily B says:

    The one thing that I researched was the company Gap and child labor. The company had no idea that they had used child labor for their company. In India, there were 10-13 year olds that were working without pay. Most of these kids come from a very poor family. My opinion on child labor is that it is not a good thing. I think it is wrong that these kids are working and they are not even getting paid for what they are doing.

  14. kenneth c says:

    i read that an estimated 158 million kids, 1 out of 6 kids has ben in hazardous or dangerous working conditions. they would work in the mines, pesticides for farming, or working heavy machinery.
    http://www.unicef.org/protection/index_childlabour.html

  15. Allison I. says:

    When I searched for child labor, I found that it means the use of children in an industry or business when illegal or could be considered inhumane. In the Industrial Revolution children were as young as six years-old and working in a factory. Some children even worked up to 19 hours per day. I don’t think that children working in factories is a good idea. Safety in those factories was often neglected and I think they are too young to be working. Even now days children are starting to work at a young age. They say there are 200 million kids around the world working under the child labor laws. I think the age for most kids to get a job would be 16 and I don’t think it would need to be something like a full-time job. I think kids under that age should not have to work or even be allowed to work.

  16. Amanda W says:

    An estimated 158 million children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labour – one in six children in the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa around one in three children are engaged in child labour, representing 69 million children.

    I think that the fact that there is over 69 million children in one country that work so young is crazy. I don’t see that it is fair to make these children work at such a young age and to be working dangerous jobs.

  17. Eli Plunkett says:

    When citie grew, amny families moved to a city, rather than a rural setting. Over two million children worked during this era. Child labor was seen in all types of work. Children worked in factories, fields, mines and in the city streets. Children were an asset to the employees because they were cheap labor. Children worked to help support their families, and as soon as they were old enough to help, they did, some were young as five years old. At this time in history children were uneducated unless they came from a wealthy family who could afford to put their kids through schooling, if not the poorer families worked including the kids.

  18. Emily R. says:

    in alot of places there are kids that work way more hours then the are suppose to. Child labor effects 250 million or more kids, 30 percent are latin americans.

  19. Catrina W says:

    The reason for most child labor is poverty. Governments are unable to provide education for children. Also, basic necessities cost much more. This is because of debt, bloated military budgets, and structural adjustment programs in these countries.

    I don’t think the children should be the ones to suffer because these governments do not know how to manage money.

  20. Alex T says:

    You can work in hazardous conditions in agriculture at the age of 16 but in almost any other hazardous condition you have to be 18 to work in them. They make an exception for agriculture for some unknown reason.

  21. David S. says:

    I learned that child labor may be better than any plausible alternatives. For example, after the Child Labor Deterrence Act was passed in the United States, about 50,000 children lost their jobs. Although factory work is harmful and dangerous, it may be better than children doing illegal acts to get money, or having no job at all. Although ideally a company would work to protect the rights of its workers, they are only motivated to earn a profit and they have no personal incentive to help the children. So although I think that child labor is a bad thing, I think it may also be the best option for children in developing countries, or the children would not have taken the job.

  22. Jordan F. says:

    In 1840 only 20 percent of the child were schooled and the rest worked for factories. Many child worked 16 ours per day under the age of 14.

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