Whats wrong with child labour?

@krupesh (2608)
India
September 22, 2010 12:56am CST
Why do you think there should be no child labour?For me if there is no one to take care of the child then whats wrong if the child works?...but the child should not be given difficult jobs. Whats your opinion about this?
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22 responses
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 10
I don't agree with child labor. Every child pass through childhood but once. This is the only time they can enjoy their kids world and they should not be forced to outgrow their age prematurely by driving them to the employment world. Even giving them a light job would not be fair as they are supposed to be taken care off, fed and send to school by the adults and not them working and earning money for their parents. The Government should take action on employers who employ children.
@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Sep 10
I totally agree with you Zandi but when no elders are there to take care of the children then what should they do?Who will look after them when the world is so selfish?
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 10
One parent need to sacrifice to stay home and take care of the kids. Or send them to day care centres.
@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Sep 10
..but if there are no parents at all?If the parents are physically handicapped then what?
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
23 Sep 10
I think that it's ok for a child to work but I think that it shouldn't interfer with their studies. Children here are allowed to work when they are 15 with a parents permission and only for certain types of jobs. My 16 year old has a job at a halloween attraction this year.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
15 May 11
Halloween Attraction Job is a totally very far different compare to a child working on mountains of garbage, fishing job in the sea using only banka with no protection or without life jacket at all, rice plantations in the fields especially those in the provinces...... where the parents expecting the money that their child earns at the hard work....
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
15 May 11
Yes..I realize there is a difference between the two. Of course forcing children to work on mountains of garbage for the financial benefit if the parents is inhumane. Their well being and future should be first.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
23 Sep 10
I don't think that it is ever acceptable to force a child to work. However, I think that if a child wants to make some extra money that they should be allowed to do odd jobs and such. The reason that I feel this way is because I was allowed to babysit when I was a teenager and it was really good for me. It gave me money to do the things that I wanted to do and it was fun as well. However, no one was forcing me to work on a daily basis. The reason that I think child labor laws are in place is because it is far more important for children to get an education while they are young than to be expected to bear their family's financial weight.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
15 May 11
here in the Philippines is totally different to your country..... most of the poor family here had a total of 10 kids..... while rich and the middle class family here have only 2 kids or even none at all.... so, they force to send their kids to do child labor where they are only ruining their future of their kids.... for me, it is the fault of their parents because their parents before are went into school, they dont give education as important to them, instead, they love to go shopping in the city malls and have dating with their partners.... that is the reason why when they have a family soon, Child Labor Again.....
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
15 May 11
and since the Government here in the Philippines are not strict about these Law on Child Labor, then.... Child Labor is very rampant here..... how can these kids concentrate on their studies if they are doing lifting junk wastes on the garbage mountain to earn some penny????? absent for 2 days just harvesting rice crops of other land owners????? the future of the kids are ruined...... and the cycle of life is going on and on and on......
@neil07 (9)
23 Sep 10
if child work to make money they have no time to go to school or even play games with children, child labor is unfair, to not allow your children to work under age, love them care them protect them , because children is the future of society.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
15 May 11
totally you are true..... its the duty of the parents to do these work.... and not their kids.... if you as a parent can make create plenty of kids, then you know also and capable on how to make their all future positive....
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Sep 10
krupesh what is wrong is that young children were being forced to do slave type labor at very low wages without adequate food or clothing.Small children should be taken care of by parents or relatives not used like that. They should be in school not in the work force.Wait until they are in their teens then if they themselveswant to work after school in regulated work places for a few hours fine but little kids should not be e xploited b y big companies and surely not by their f amilies. the adult men in the family shoule be the one to be the bread winner not a child. also these child laborers are thecause of the horrible bad exonomy in the U.S as big companies are laying off our workers and sending their work over seas to get cheap child labor. While our adult men and women are now made jobless. this causes f amilies to have to go on welfare or starve instead. No down with child labor its alol wrong.
@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Sep 10
Hello Hatley, I am just talking about children who dont have parents to look after them.
@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
22 Sep 10
well i agree that child working should be given an easier job and not those that will endager them or put them in harms way. like for example filing paper work or newspaper.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
15 May 11
or the children are worked under the heat of the sun for eight hours as absent on their day class in school... the lessons for that day is missed because the child is busy working under the heat of the sun.....
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
22 Sep 10
I think there is a difference between child labour and a kid who has a part time job after school to make pocket money for his or her self. The latter I don’t have a problem with providing the child is at least in high school. In regards to child labour, to me that signifies sending a kid to work full time for minimal wages doing crappy jobs and that I cannot agree with! Childhood only comes along once and we should allow our children to be just what they are, children and not taken advantage of in the work force.
@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Sep 10
I am not denying any of your points but my only question is when no one is there to look after the child then what about for his/her livelihood?
@webearn99 (1743)
• India
22 Sep 10
If that were the case then half of the rural population, in our country, India, will be condemned to a life of misery, rupesh. Do not wish for that. Poor and the underprivileged also need the opportunity to learn and blossom. It is for us and the governments we elect that we should take care to nourish them. That it does not happen as efficiently is a cause for worry. Happily things are changing and hope days are not too far when everybody is equal.
@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Sep 10
Defenitely I want each & everyone to be well educated & earn for their livelyhood but what if there is no one to look after the children & there are not so many good orphanages that you can depend?
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
22 Sep 10
In the present scenario you find that people belonging to the low income group send their children to work even though they are below the required age.'This is because every member of the family who earns contributes to the total income.Unfortunately people who employ underage children take advantage of them, making them work more than 12 hours a day and in very bad conditions.They are paid a pittance and beaten and treated badly by their employers. Thats why child labour is banned in our country. However unscruplous mployers don`t obey the laws and still employ underage children and also get away with it by paying bribes to the powers that be. It is a vicious circle and will never be solved unless poverty is completely eradicated which is impossible in our country as the gap between the rich and the poor is getting more larger than before.
@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Sep 10
Punish those employers who badly treat the children.The whole thing circles around corruption.Make way for some Goverment jobs for children as well.That might be good.
• Philippines
22 Sep 10
hello krupesh! i got your idea. your pointing out what's wrong with child labor if parents of the child cant sustain their needs right? now a days, we can see children on the streets, carrying big boxes that supposed an older man does. children dont go to school to have their right of education either they are in the streets picking recycled material to sell in a junkshop and do old man's work. i feel pity for those children, they deserve to have education, play and enjoy their youthhood. but reality bites, and survival of the fittest. you should earn money to fill your stomach. :( let's just hope that every leader in a society could help every child and show them what is prepared for their rights as a child..:)
@krupesh (2608)
• India
22 Sep 10
I dont agree with what the Government does or even for that matter some private child orphanages.Some orphanages take care of the children very well but some others are just for money & you can imagine how the Government organizations work.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
15 May 11
child labor is totally illegal... we, the citizens who live in this world are obligated to pay for a different kinds of taxes to the government.... and this government institutions is their part to secure children not to engage in child labor..... the wrongs in child labor is that their parents will benefit the earnings of their child who work hard but they water down their hope and future.....
@jet2r0cks (193)
• Philippines
23 Sep 10
I kinda get what you mean but kids should be kids. They shouldn't be out working, they should be going to school, playing with other kids, etc. You can only be young once so you should make the most out of it. If there is no one to take care of the child, then he or she should be taken to an orphanage or something, cause that way he'll be taken care of. I know living conditions are not good in orphanages, specially those owned by the government, but it's a lot better than having the kid work day and night to take care of his/herself.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
23 Sep 10
child should be happy and study. they don't have to work. it looks like grabbing their age to play with something heavy---job--. but if they don't have any money to live in, then i think it is okay if they do some jobs, just to make them know that we have to work in making money
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
23 Sep 10
I think the wrong in child labor is that when children are forced to do the jobs for the adults. If the works are easy for children and it's according to their age, maybe there's nothing wrong.
• Philippines
23 Sep 10
Child labor is one of the many concerns in the Philippines and most disturbingly, one of the most rampant problems we face. In the endeavor to create an awareness of an already existing law that evidently not properly implemented. Child labor clearly falls within this category. Every child has the right to the most basic necessities in life like a healthy environment, formal education and most importantly, a loving family to come home to. Yet, poverty hinders the child any of those things are forces labor in farming, mining crafts and peddling in the busy and dangerous streets of the country. Some families sold their children into labor for money to pay off debts. Children were paid very little for the dangerous conditions and the long hours they work they were required to work. Child labor is morally wrong. The children shouldn't be found to work. Most children who work are little more than slaves to their employers. They put up of abuse, starvation, and sometimes never being paid for their work. Children also miss out on life and their chance for a good education
• United States
23 Sep 10
If the child wants to work odd and easy jobs here or there, sure, let them. But no child should be allowed part time work. No child should have to work past 8. No child should have to work to survive. If there is no one to take care of the child, then that child needs to be put in a foster home, not in a workforce. Babysitting, mowing lawns, etc are all fine, but an actual job with actual hours? No. Absolutely not. A child needs to grow and develop and focus on building social relationships and relationships with themselves.
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
22 Sep 10
There is nothing wrong with child labor subject to treatment they receive. There are homeless children as well as children coming up from the poor families, who are compelled to sacrifice their children as the bread earner for their families. Now the problem arises as soon as the child join their duties. The treatment they receive in their work places, which includes cruel punishments, lack of adequate food and health care, primary education - are leaving a social stigma in their mind. This leads to a very grave social issue. This is the reason, deputing child labor is now a punishable offence as per I.P.C., but who cares?
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
22 Sep 10
I see nothing wrong with children helping out in doing house chores and certains jobs like gardening, but to actaully put a child to work I think is putting too much stress on that child. Children don't have the stamina for long hours of labor like adults do. Sure, they are energtic but they are geared toward playing and athletic activity. Their minds are not yet mature enough to understand the seriousness of the work they are doing. Also, the young developing child needs lots of playtime and access to imaginative play areas which is critical to healthy growth.
• Canada
22 Sep 10
If you are talking about a child getting a part time job while in school then I say there is nothing wrong with that as long as school comes first. It is commendable for a child to want to earn a little money for himself, but the employer should be fair with him, treat him well, not give him anything that is too overbearing, and pay him a fair wage. If however, you are talking about exploiting a child, having him do hard menial work for next to nothing, then there is everything wrong with that. Employers found engaging in this activity should be severely punished. If they child is being prevented from attending school then they shouldn't be working at all. And if there is no one to look after the child, then that means that the child is too young too look after himself and therefore shouldn't be working at all! How many employers do you know who take care of their employees?
@ashishp2c (286)
• India
22 Sep 10
well i have a question for you... What is right in child labour? Even if there id no one to take care of any children, it the responsibility of the govt of a country to help such orphan kids and give them a chance to improve their life. If a child is allowed to work without education, it can kill the human from within the child and the child can lead to anything.....