Child Labor is a Terrible Thing
By: Ryan Hersey
Children all around the world are playing, having fun with friends, and hanging out with family. But, some children have to do things that could really harm them, and that is called child labor. Child labor is a terrible thing, because of how it is affecting children around the world, and how it is also taking away children’s freedom. And finally, it is taking away the chances of children getting an education.
First off, based on my research, I believe child labor is affecting children around the world terribly. One example from my research I have is, “According to the ILO, 168 million children worldwide are engaged in child labor as of 2013”, (Berg). This shows that a lot of kids around the world are involved with some type of child labor. Another example I found while researching is, “Only one out of five children involved in child labor is paid for his or her work”, (Berg). This means that if there were 168 million children in total in 2013, about 34 million children only get paid. That is not that much children according to the ILO. And that is the first reason why I think child labor is a terrible thing.
Another idea I have been thinking about is, why children should have freedom. They should have freedom, because they are not meant to do a whole lot of hard work. They are meant to do work and study for school, but they are not meant to work in large fields, and places where they could get killed very easily. One example from an article I read is, “Rarely do they get a day off”, (Fanning). They in that statement means the children. This means they barely have any time do do what they want. That must be a hard life for those children. This is important to know, because it shows people how bad some children's lives can be while they are in child labor. This also shows that children in child labor don’t get that much freedom to do things they want to do. And that is another reason why I think child labor is a terrible thing.
Lastly, I believe children involved and not involved with child labor should get an education. I believe this, because what if children don’t know how to do math when they get older. Then they won’t be able to do things that could help them later in life, such as getting a job and making money. One example that shows children should have an education is, “Now Dora and Santos can look ahead toward a brighter future, and that includes college”, (Fanning). This shows that the two kids have passed grade school, and now can go to a college. And going to college is a big thing for kids and teens who want to be able to do bigger and better things in their lifetime. This also shows that the education got them to a place they wanted to be. This is important, because it is telling you that the two kids, Dora and Santos, can now go to a place that they wanted to go. This also is important, because it shows how an education is good for children, and how much of a powerful thing it is. And that is the last reason why I think child labor is a terrible thing. It is taking away chances for children to get an education.
So, as you can see, child labor is a terrible thing, because of how it is harming children around the world. Also, it is taking away the freedom of children. And finally, it is taking away chances for children to get an education. There are many children who think they are living a good life. But they aren’t thinking of the children who barely get time to do anything they want. They aren’t thinking of the children who barely get any sleep, food or drinks. They aren’t thinking of the children who are getting harmed every minute of their lives. Please think of all of the harmful things that are happening to some children. Please help stop child labor.