Effects of Child Labor

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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Some children do not have a normal childhood. These are the children forced into child labor. Find out about the effects this has on them as children and later on in life.

Child Labor

Do you remember that time when you were a little kid and you came home from a fun day at school, put your book bag down, and went to play with friends outside? Then you came home, did a little bit of homework, and had a great meal with your family before watching some TV and going to bed.

Some kids can't even dream of that because they don't have a normal childhood. They are forced, through one circumstance or another, into foregoing such nice memories and days because they have to work for 18 hours a day. They'll never be able to look back, as an adult, and reminisce about days like yours. Yes, many little kids work hours on end for their entire childhood. That's child labor, and it has very real effects on children. This lesson discusses many of them.

Childhood & Abuse

The obvious effect of child labor has already been revealed: the lack of what it means to have a childhood. That is to say, playing with friends, having fun, not worrying about toiling for hours on end in hazardous conditions, going to school, learning cool things, dreaming of exciting things to come, and so on. These are children who will not have pleasant memories for the rest of their lives that many of us take for granted.

If that wasn't bad enough, children who are forced to work are commonly victims of physical violence, sexual abuse, or psychological abuse by whomever, in essence, owns them. The word 'own' isn't used loosely either because many working children are essentially forced to become financial slaves by going into debt and then having to endlessly work it off.

Effects of Child Labor

Of course, things get more nuanced. Children who are forced into labor are at greater risk for malnourishment, poor health, and death. Since they do not receive enough or adequate nutrition, they are at higher risk for getting various diseases. The body needs good nutrition to ensure its immune system is functioning properly. Undernourished children also tend to be smaller and thinner than their peers.

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