Child Labour and Our Shoes

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Many of the products we buy everyday are made by a child who is forced to work. Especially our shoes. We have discussed the issues of child labour in class and the countries that allow it. Below I would like you to contribute your thoughts about child labour, your choice of shoes, and how you might choose your shoes in the future.

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18 thoughts on “Child Labour and Our Shoes

    Caleb said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:24 am

    First of all child labor is a terrible thing, and if it was illegal and what ever company uses child labor should be should down and be put in jail, as I am a 11 year old this is a really scary thing its not to late even kids from the age of 4-15 is pronounced as child labor, its not to late to stop child labor, these company’s used child labor Nike, Adidas, Rebook used child labor in the past, child labor is every were even in Canada.

    Tristin said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I guess I never thought about time labor before today I should have thought about it before I bought my shoes I never New it was that bad.

    I think child labor is in fair for kids because they have the whole life in front of them so it’s not good. Today I learned that sports shoes and other various toys are made by kids and it’s very dangerous for the kids to be around the chemicals because there’s lots of chemicals in toys and sports plastics that are just bad and they’re from the dollar store. maybe if you look up something before buy you something so the companies that make the toys do not trick you into getting stuff that you don’t want your house.

    Now shoes are made my kids all over the world and Indonesia ,China, Vietnam and various places it’s not really good for kids child labor under somewhat traumatizing because some the family send their child away and sell them to the company so the companies can have more money but the kids get less that is what I think about child labor.

    Darren said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Child labor.
    today I’m going to be telling you my opinion about child labour.

    Firstly think child labour is unfair because kids have to do work every single day for 12 to 15 hours and the kids are only 8 to 9 years old and their parents sell them to factories for money.

    Secondly today I found out that child labour is famous for Shoes and sports so in the future Im going to decide which shoes.I would like to use other brands for my shoes so child labour can stop.

    Thirdly Nike is famous for child labour I know this because on YouTube there is a video about inside the factory Nike there is a lot of children making shoes and sport stuff and the most dangerous plastic toys so as Adidas and Reebok.

    Thank you for reading my opinion and I hope you do the same and try to stop child labour.

    Brad said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I will always look at the shoe before buying the shoe because the shoe might be made of child labor I will look where the shoes are made from plus I did not about child labor.

    So if the shoe is made from child labor I’m not going to buy the shoes because kids were forced to work on dangerous blades.

    Adam said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

    My Opinion About Child Labour

    Hello. My name is Adam, and today, I will be writing about child labour. In my opinion, child labour should be illegal.

    Firstly, child labour is very, very bad. I think this because the children are forced to work 12 to 15 hours a day without any playtime or school time involved because they either wanted to do it or they were forced by their parents to get something they want. Also, they only get paid a few pennies a day, and have to work years and years to pay off something worth under $20.00! It’s even legal to send them off to the shoe factories when they’re FOUR YEARS OLD!

    Secondly, I never learned this much about child labour before. I didn’t know that brands like Nike were subject to child labour. Child labour is very cruel. They even put the company’s logo on the child, which is bound to cause loads of pain to the child making the shoes. Also, they even CHAIN THE CHILDREN TO THEIR STATIONS! They also provide the kids with old, dangerous machinery which puts them at risk at getting their limbs cut off.

    Finally, I’m going to change the way I buy shoes in the future. I’m sure I won’t buy brands like Nike or Adidas anytime soon, because they were accused of child labour to make their shoes to sell to people. Surely, I won’t trust brands like Nike or Adidas ever again, because what they did was extremely cruel to these poor, innocent children.

    So that’s my opinion on child labour, and my reasons why. I know many people will agree with me here when I say child labour is wrong.

    Bryce said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I think child labor is really bad. Before I get shoes I’m going to search up the brand of shoes and then il check if these make of shoes.I am very sad that kids have to work with adult machinery.

    I think my choice of shoes is selfish because all I like is brand and I never knew that child labor was involved and it’s sad to think that kids are making shoes,balls.And I think the parents are very selfish because they put their kids to work for a loan.

    In the future I’m going to search the brand and see if child labor is involved or not and maybe stop looking for brand names and stop being selfish.

    Chloe said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:31 am

    What I think about child labour is that should end. It is not right to put children to work when they’re only four years old, and put their lives at risk.

    First, I think child labour should be stopped. The machines they make the kids work with are supposed to be used by trained professionals and not by little kids who probably have no clue what they’re working with what-so-ever. Child labour is cruel, mean, and should come to an end. Adults and parents are supposed to be working, not children!

    My choice on shoes is they need to be comfy and not anywhere around $100. I never thought about how my shoes are made, and who made them in that matter. I choose my shoes based quality as well. I’m not going to buy a pair of shoes with broken laces, a rock hard sole at the bottom, or shoes that have the tip peeling or breaking off.

    Most cheap shoe brands, like the Walmart brand and some of the Sears brands, use child labour and that is not right. My choice on shoes before I learned about child labour is they should be not in the $100-$200 range. Now since I’ve learned about child labour, I’m young to start seeing and checking where they’re made in, and my next pair of shoes won’t be cheap.

    In conclusion, child labour is horrible and should be stopped in countries all across the globe.

    By: Chloe

    Marta said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I think child labor is harmful and depressing for kids .Most people take them away from their families and make them work.
    The work is dangerous and harmful for the kids.Some kids like doing it for their families and some kids don’t like doing it. Some adults don’t care that kids are working too much.

    Some shoe brands force kids to make shoes. Some people that wear the shoes don’t know what the kids are going through. Some people should stop and think about the kids who made the shoes. I think I’ll try to focus on the shoe brands that don’t have child labor.

    I hope that someday kids will be set free. I hope that brands will start making shoes without the kids.

    Sylvia said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Sylvia’s Opinion on Child Labour

    Child labour is a big issue all around the world. Most people don’t know how harmful it is to children. In my opinion, child labour is absolutely unbelievable. How could adults be so cruel as to make children put their blood, sweat , and tears into work that’s far to complex for them to manufacture or work around. Just think for a moment how much effort these kids put into helping their families.
    Also, did you know that these parents will sell their children to factories for very small portions of money. Also, kids at the age of only four years old start working for up to 15 hours a day! That would be like being awake from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM or past that time.

    Most people don’t know that some of our shoes and different items are made by child labor. Our class talked about this this morning and it absolutely blew my mind. I couldn’t believe that the shoes on my feet quite possibly could have been made from children. It hurts to know these children can’t go to school to get proper education, and skill to be able to live their lives as children. They are often forced, or have nothing better to do with their lives. They work over 15 hours a day for only pennies. I will absolutely reconsider my choice of shoes or different items like basket balls, and watch my choice of shoes.

    There are many, many things I hope will soon disappear in the future like starvation, diseases across the world, etc. it’s those little choices you make that can really effect peoples lives.

    Sylvia B.

    Madison said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Travel child labor is really bad because it to mean children. I know this because children shouldn’t be in jobs in a factory adults should. Some parents even send their kids to factory work.

    Desbiens cell phone like that back three to earn a little bit of a pennies a day for 12 to 15 hours a day every day. Child labour is really cruel and mean.

    What I will look for in the future is the brand and if they do child labor or not and I will search that brand up.

    DanielO said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Thoughts about Child Labor

    I Don’t think child labor should be legal because its dangerous and gives low pay.

    One reason child labor should be illegal is dangerous working conditions. Children have to work with dangerous equipment and have a high chance of losing apart of their body.

    Another reason child labor should be illegal is low pay.
    Children that have to do labor often have to work with dangerous equipment and have a high chance of losing a body part.

    One last reason is harsh conditions. Children are sleep deprived can’t go to school and work in dirty conditions.

    Overall child labor is awful and horrible

    Gage12 said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I think that child labor is bad because it’s very mean to children they should be at school be learning not working all day in factory’s they should be at home with friends and family.

    And next time I will think be for I by a pair of shoes that are made by child labor it’s very wrong and it should of never happened to start with.

    I think that the shoes that i wear now are child labour shoes an I will never buy them again.

    By gage

    Rameen said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I think child labor is awful and depressing for kids. I have three explanation to tell why.

    Firstly, my thought about child labor is ,I think they should let kids be with their family instead of making them work 12 – 15 hours. Also the kids can’t have proper education but they have to work in a factory which is not good for their health.

    Secondly, I never knew that they had to make shoes and maybe I’m wearing those shoes. Also, the parents have to take loans from the factory, so the kids have to work to pay back the loan that the parents borrowed from the factory where the kids are working.

    Thirdly, my thoughts about shoes in the future, is first I should ask someone who knows if a child made that shoe. Also I would never buy shoes that I think is made by child labor.

    So these are te reason what i thought about child labor.

    Brendan said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I think child labour is unfair because kids have to work for 12 or 15 hrs per day and they don’t get to go to school and they don’t get paid as much.

    I would not buy shoes where kids who are in child labour. If they made shoes and put in the stores I would not wear them because the shoes might fall apart or they might break when I put them on.

    How you might choose your shoes in the future, you can check if the children made the shoes.

    Taylor said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

    When I bought my shoes I didn’t even know about child labor. Now when I hear about it I think that the types of shoes Adidas,Nike and Reebok are kind of shoe that work kids for money (child labour.)

    When I hear of child labour it get me start to feel sad, curious and worried what happening over there. When I get sad I think of all the kid that are working for there family’s. When I get curious I think of what is happening over there and what to learn things about child labor.

    When I heard of child labor and learned what it is the shoes that I have on right now makes me feel that I’m not caring for the kids that made these shoes and it makes me feel that the shoes that I have on make me feel wired because kids made these and people that do care feel like people don’t care about the kids that made shoes wile they were in child labor.

    Jewel said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Child Labour

    There are many places where Child Labour is allowed. Like India, the Philippines, Cuba, Georgia, the US, and Ethiopia. Child Labour is nasty, cruel, disrespectable, mean, and rude. I want to stop Child Labour but there’s nothing I can do, Child Labour should stop! Read on if you agree.

    My choice of shoes is Rawlings, but the sad thing is I don’t know if the brand was made by Child Labour. There are many questions I want to ask many questions about Rawlings, but when I heard about Child Labour making shoes, I wonder if Rawlings uses Child Labour. I like Rawlings because the shoes aren’t too cheap or expensive, and they are comfortable. I love Rawlings but I want to know if they use Child Labour. If Rawlings does use Child Labour, I will call the company and I don’t care if it would take days, weeks, or months for me to get a hold of them.

    In the future, I’m going to watch what shoe brands I chose before buying because I want the Child Labour to stop, the adults should be doing the hard works instead of little kids and kids around my age.

    Soon, I’m going to make a change in this world and set those children free. I want to end Child Labour!

    By: Jewel

    Rubina said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I think that child labour it is harmful to the kids because they are not getting enough energy as other kids. I also think that it is affecting their bodies by not getting enough sleep as other kids. Kids under the age of 18 make good brands of shoes, I think that adults force the kids to make shoes just to make more and more money.

    When I buy another brand of shoes of “Adidas, Nike, and Reebok,” I’ll think about child labour. Child labour effects kids health and safety. They don’t have the time to play,

    Sierra said:
    June 5, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I think child labour is bad because some shoe companies use child labour when making the shoes in the factory. And kids in child labour don’t go to school and they won’t get an education. And they don’t get to play and forced to work to support there family because in those country’s there pour.

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