Child Labor

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Child Labor

Joe D. Cook, Jr.

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Cover page___________________________________________________1 Table of Contents_____________________________________________2 Abstract_____________________________________________________3 Background__________________________________________________4 Purpose_____________________________________________________20 Objectives___________________________________________________20 Methods____________________________________________________21 Special Consideration__________________________________________24 Report______________________________________________________24 Strengths, limitations, and potential biases__________________________25 Key personnel involved________________________________________27 References__________________________________________________28 Appendices:

Appendix A- Questionnaire
Appendix B- Consent Form

Child labor is a pervasive problem throughout the world, especially in developing countries. Africa and Asia together account for over 90 percent of total child employment. Children work for a variety of reasons, the most important being poverty and the induced pressure upon them to escape from it. Even though these children are not well paid for their labor, they still serve as major contributors to their family income. Education contributes to the problem, whether it is the inaccessibility of schools or the lack of quality education which cause parents to subject their children into more profitable pursuits. Traditional factors such as rigid cultural and social roles in certain countries further limit educational attainment and increase child labor. In addition we in the developed Western World view child labor as a negative thing when in realty it provide children in places like Africa and Asia an alternate from a life of crime. The research will be directed at the impacts of eradicating places like Africa and Asia of child labor. The research will determine if eradicating child labor benefits these children or hurt them in the long run. The research will be done by conducting personal interviews with affected children and families in specific locations around the world. The interviews will be done by a team of researchers conducting personal interviews with children who have worked or still working as a child laborer. Systematic random sampling will be used when gathering information for this research. Comparison will be made of children working as child laborer vs. children not working to show what their economical standings. BACKGROUND

The idea of children doing work is nothing new. From early beginning children have worked. The problem with child labor is not that children’s working is a bad idea. In fact, not all child labor is bad. Child labor is a social problem that is associated with the rise of industrial production and capitalism. During the earlier age’s child labor appeared in agricultural societies. In the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century in Great Britain it was very noticeable and began to be opposed. They have done tasks in the household. During the Middle Ages, parents believed that their children was their property and therefore treated them as such. In the 19th century it became one of the biggest scandals as it spread to other countries as they industrialized. Parents of this period used their children for economic gain. With the arrival of the Industrial Age and as the number of factories grew so did the demand of people required to tend them. As a result employers turned to children, many younger than ten years old, were employed by these factories and mines. These children were forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions for little pay. In today society child labor is on going in developing nations around the world. It flourishes in these nations under many conditions stemming from...
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