April 6

I&S child labor





Robert Dickens is a 7 year old boy who works in a factory. He has been working since he was 6 years old. He is the oldest of a single mother and two younger sisters. He goes to factories because his whole family depends on him making money. He hates it, but he gets a roof over his head, money, and flood. The factory is run by a very bad man. If you even stop for 1 second doing your job and he spots you, he gets the “stinger” and whips you hard on the back. Robert has scars from his past experiences. Every day he wakes up at 4 am and does chores for his family. At 5 sharp he has to be at his station in the factory or else he gets whipped. There he spends 16 hours of his day doing his job. His job is to spin a very heavy lever all day long to operate a wool making machine. Every day he wishes that he had the courage to stand up for himself and tell the boss he hates his job and wants the work to be easier. If only he had the courage.


Child labor is not right and we can find many other ways to operate machines. People do not have to abuse children to make them work. Your childhood is important, and you shouldn’t waste the whole thing on being abused. Kids can get seriously injured or even die if they are overworked. They are forced to work basically everyday and make very little money each week. It is not right to hurt kids to do their job, or hurt kids in general. For example, a boy, Robert Dickens is a 7 year old who works in a factory he is forced to spin a very heavy lever for 16 hours straight with no breaks, If he stops, he gets whipped. This is why child labor is terrible.