Kids in Crisis FAQs

Why is Child Labor Bad?

Around the world, 152 million children are involved in forced child labor, but why is child labor bad? Even the definition of child labor gives us a clue. It is defined as work that “deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.”

Effects of Child Labor

The effects of child labor are vast and often have lifelong impacts. When a child is forced to work instead of going to school, they are deprived of more than just education. Here are some negative effects of child labor:

Girls’ Education

Girls’ education is the cure for many social issues that plague the developing world. Whether it be in addressing poverty, child marriage, child labor, illiteracy, abuse, infanticide, violence or trafficking, ensuring education for children is the key to breaking the cycles that have often raged in the world’s poorest communities.

Child Labor Definition

A child labor definition provided by the International Labor Office is any “…work performed by a child that is likely to interfere with his or her right to education, or to be harmful to his or her health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.” Children are often forcibly employed in agriculture, mining, factories and more.

Girls’ Education Charities

What should you investigate when considering which girls’ education charities to support? Here are some questions to ask an organization, followed by GFA World’s responses as examples of how an organization might respond:

Causes of Child Labor

No parent dreams of their children growing up on a sugar plantation or spinning yards and yards of thread or wielding a machete to harvest cocoa. Yet 218 million children worldwide as young as 5 years old are in some sort of child labor situation. Let’s unravel the complex causes of child labor.

Child Slavery

All slavery, including child slavery, may have been officially outlawed in many places, but there are now more slaves in the world than ever before in history. Estimates vary, but one study says that between 2011 and 2018, almost 90 million people experienced some form of modern slavery.