Child Labor: Then and Now
We have studied the effect of factory work on children in 20th century England. Things are different in the developed world now. However, there are many places where children are still forced to work. This raises a lot of questions.
It is your job to come up with the questions.
Step 1: 20 minutes. Look at the website: Productsofslavery.org
You have 20 minutes just to explore the site. Really explore. Click all the links. Press all the buttons. Take notes. Share with others what you think is interesting. Really spend the time reading the information.
Step 2: 15 minutes: Post reflections on our wallwisher:
Posts can be about what you read. It can be a thought that you had. What surprised you? What is the most important thing you read? How is this similar or different to the industrial revolution in England? It can be an image/youtube clip/link that applies. You can respond to what others have written.
Step 3: 15 minutes. Source critique on wallwisher.
If you haven’t already, go an read the section “About this Campaign” and “Data and Sources”. On the new wallwisher, write a comment showing critical thinking about the source. Try not to repeat what others have said. Possible topics:
- Can we trust the source (is it valid?) and why?
- Where did the organization find the information? Is that a place we can trust?
- Who is the organization paying for the source? Where are they based?
- Why did the organization pay for this source?
- Does the source have a particular argument it is trying to make (is it biased?)?
- Is the source effective in getting its message across and why?
UNICEF – Universal Declaration of rights
Excerpt: UNICEF Child Protection Information Sheet on Child Labor “Child labor and the worst forms of child labor, as defined by International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions, damage children’s health, threaten their education and lead to further exploitation and abuse. UNICEF does not oppose work that children may perform at home, on the family farm, or for a family business—as long as that work is not a danger to their health and well-being, and if it doesn’t prevent them from going to school and enjoying childhood activities.”*
Using the information in the paragraph above, answer the following questions: 1. How would you know when a child is involved in “harmful” work? 2. What do you think are types of children’s work that UNICEF would not oppose?