Unfortunately, child labour is real. Read our letters to find out what it is and what you can do.

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Many of the products we buy everyday are made by a child who is forced to work. Especially our shoes. As a class we have discussed the issues of child labour  and the countries that allow it. Below  contribute your letter to the editor explaining your viewpoint on the topic. Remember to include not only your arguments, but also the evidence to back them up.

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15 thoughts on “Unfortunately, child labour is real. Read our letters to find out what it is and what you can do.

    Dylan said:
    May 3, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Dear Editor,
    I would like to fill you in on the bad things about child labour and how terrible it is.
    Child labour is when someone that is under 15 uses tools or other things that are too difficult for them, prevents the child from going to school, doesn’t allow a child enough time to play and have fun, prevents the child from getting enough rest and is dangerous to the child’s health and safety. So as you can see, child labour is terrible!!
    Child labour can kill a child because they are forced to work for 14 hours a day and they are chained to their workstation. If they don’t work often they are beaten, branded, sold and even forced to use dangerous machinery! The children do not get a fun, safe childhood.
    The way to fix this problem is from starting a petition about not buying products from the brand names that use child labour. We can even pressure the government so they wont get anything shipped from those countries such as, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, China and Vietnam. Lastly, we can research before we buy. By knowing what brands use child labour we can make a good decision before we purchase goods.
    Thank you for reading this letter and even considering trying to stop child labour.
    Sincerely,

    Dylan Matthews

    TROY said:
    May 3, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Dear editor,
    I am writing to you about child labour.
    I think child labour is bad. Child labour is when kids under 15 do dangerous or hard work, such as making shoes. It is usually in country’s such as China, Indonesia, Viet-Nam or Mexico. They work 14-16 hours a day, every day. Company’s do this because they don’t have to pay children as much.
    The conditions they work in are terrible. They are branded with the factories logo, like cattle. The work conditions are dangerous and filthy. They are chained to the work station and work with dangerous power tools that could rip fingers or hands off. They are sold by their parents to the factory, and get no free time.
    What can we do to help? Well, we can think while we shop. We can research the product before buying, or buy from small companies, or pressure our government to not trade with these companies.
    Thank you for reading my letter, I hope I taught you something about child labour.

    Sincerely,
    Troy

    Jayden said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Dear Editor,

    This is a small letter about a thing called Child Labour, and how to prevent it.

    First of all, we need to know what Child Labour is. Child Labour is when a kid is sold to work to a factory. These children are branded, and often chained to their workspace. Kids work from 12 – 15 hours a day and barely get any rest. Child Labour is considered to children below the age of 15. The work these children are offered is too difficult and dangerous to the child. These children also get no school or get no play time. The kids are often abused and beaten if not working fast enough or working at all. Child Labour prevents children from getting enough rest.

    The conditions these children work in are horrible. These children work with old, dangerous machinery and equipment. If these machines do not work properly, it can harm the child’s safety and health. Many of these machines can produce fumes, toxics or even chemicals that can harm, or take a child’s life.

    There are plenty of ways of preventing Child Labour. Some ways are… We can force the government to stop trading with these countries; we can donate to organizations that prevent Child Labour like Kidscan. But there are so many more ways to prevent Child Labour. I hope you liked this small letter, and learned something new today.

    Sincerely,
    Jayden M.

    austin said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Dear Editor,
    I am writing to you about the problem of Child Labour.
    What is Child Labour? Well, it’s when you prevent children from going to school, prevent them from getting enough sleep. Instead of those average child things, they are sent to work at the ages 4-14. The reason why they are working is because of their parents sell them to factories for as little as 20$. The children only get paid a few pennies a day! They are sent to work in mine, rug factories and factories that have dangerous chemicals.
    Do you know how bad the conditions are? There terrible!! Most are chained to their work stations. They are forced to work or else they will be beaten. They are also forced to work 14-15 hours a day. Some are sent to garbage dumps in the bear feet! They could step on glass or anything else sharp. Children are also branded by the factory brand they work in. Even the kids are forced to work with or around dangerous machines. The machines can hurt them really bad that they could die.
    How could we stop child labour? We can research the products we buy. If there made by children or not. Also people can protest to stop child labour.
    Sincerely,
    Austin

    Jacqueline said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Monday May 2 2016
    Dear Editor,
    I would like to tell you about child labour.
    Child Labour is when the work is too difficult for a child. It prevents a child from going to school, doesn’t allow a child to play, prevents a child from not getting enough rest, and it’s dangerous to a child’s heath and safety. Also they are under the age of 15. Some of the places that have child labour is India, Philippines, and many of the poor places.
    Child Labour conditions are terrible.They are beaten, abused, work for pennies, work in life threatening places and work long hours. They get branded, they get no sleep, and sometimes they get chained to their work place.
    What can we do is donate to Kids Can, and research before we buy to find out if what we are buying is from child labour.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter about child labour.

    Sincerely,
    Jacqueline

    stacylee said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Dear Editor, Monday May 2 2016

    I am writing too you to explain about child labour.
    Child labour is when childs parents sell their kids to a factory Nike or Adidas for 10$ 20$. They might be 8 years old and working with sewing machines and a whole bunch of dangerous machine’s that can kill them or chop of a limb. Who does it? Sporting brands or shoe brands and stuff like that. Where do they do it? They have child labour in lots of countries but some of them are Vietnam China Pakistan and countries like that. Why do they do it? Because its easier and faster to make stuff.
    The conditions that these kids work in are awful. They work for 14 hours a day with dangerous machines that can kill them. They also get branded with the company’s logo some where on their body so people know that they belong to them. They are also chained to their work stations.
    What can you do to stop buying child labour products? Well you can go on google and search up if it was made by child labour and don’t buy them if they are. You can also ask someone that might know.
    Thank you for reading my letter,

    Sincerely,
    Stacy-lee

    Cayla said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Dear Editor,
    I would like to tell you about child labour.
    First of all, do you even know what child labour is? Well let me tell you all about it. Child labour is when your parents sell you to a factory for a loan of $20.00 and these factories make you work 14 hours a day. Child labour happens in China, Pakistan, Philippines and India.
    Some of the conditions child labour entails is very dangerous work. These kids have to work 14 hours a day with dangerous tools. If they don’t work the tools properly, there can be some harm. Some kids are branded with the factories logo and they often chained their work stations.
    What can we do? Well we can research what has made by child labour before we buy. We can think while we shop and put pressure on the government to limit trade with these countries.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
    Sincerely,
    Cayla

    Layne said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Dear Editor, Tuesday May 3, 2016

    I am writing this to tell you about child labour. It is a terrible thing going on in our society today.
    Child labour is work that prevents a child from going to school, doesn’t allow a child time to play, prevents a child from getting enough rest, is dangerous to the child’s health and safety, and is too difficult for a child.
    The conditions are bad too. Kids are often sold to work for 12 to 15 hours a day for pennies. They are often chained to their work stations or branded with the factory logo.
    Is there anything we can do to stop this? Sure there is, there’s more than one thing we can do. We can research if a company uses child labour, if so, don’t buy their stuff. We can also donate money to an organization that wants to stop child labour, Kidscan.
    Thank you for reading my letter, I hope you learned something about the horrors of child labour.

    Sincerely,
    Layne

    Seija said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Dear Editor, Monday, May.2, 2016
    I’m writing this letter to tell you about child labour, the conditions about and what we can do to try and stop it.
    Child labour is in many countries. Parents often sell their children to factories just for money and the kids are 4 years old when they start to 15 years old. What they do to the kids is they make them sit at a sewing machine for 14 hours a day, chain them up to their seat, just to make shoes or products for their company. Today it happens in very small poor countries like Indonesia, China, India, Philippines, and Pakistan. Why does child labour happen? Child labour happens because if you live in a poor country that doesn’t raise enough money you, parents often sell their kid to a factory to earn money.
    The conditions kids work in are horrible. Often parents sell their kids to a factory, and the owner would brand them with the factories brand name or their symbole of the brand. That means they put a red hot metal plate of the brand on the child and it could scar them for life. The work they do is very dangerous because they have to work with really big machines that could chop off their hands or arms. Child labour doesn’t allow the kids to play, be a kid, prevents kids from getting enough sleep, prevents a child from going to school, and they don’t get enough food.
    What can we do? Before you get the thing you want at the store you should think before you get them because how do you know if you shoes were made by child labour, or you could do dome research before you go to the store.
    Thanks for reading my letter and I hope you help make a change.
    Sincerely, Seija

    Nathan said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Dear Editor,
    I am writing to talk about child labour and the conditions they are put through.
    What is child labour? Child labour is when a child (under the age of 15) are forced to work or has been sold to a company by their parents. “Man, thanks a lot Dad”.
    What conditions do they endure? Children between the age of 4-15 are forced to work for 12-15 hours a day in the scorching hot sun and working with equipment that can severely harm them. They also only make a few pennies a day. Some of the children are even branded and chained to their work station! Also if the children refuse to work or if they cry they get beaten or starved. Did you know that Nike used to use child labour? They had to stop using child labour because no one was buying their product anymore because they found out there was child labour involved.
    We need to do something… but what can we do? We can raise awareness by writing letters to the government saying not to trade with these companies or countries. We can support groups that are against child labour like the group (Kids Can). Also we can research what was made by child labour before we shop so when we do go shopping we don’t buy the brands made by child labour.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and hopefully we can stop child labour.
    Sincerley,

    Nathan Chambers

      taylor said:
      May 3, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Dear Editor,
      Editor I am writing about the problems of child labour

      Child labour is when children under the age of 15 are working for pennies a day at factory’s because their parents sold them or, the children want to make a wage. The children get very dangerous work and are chained to their work bench. Some children are only the age of four when they are sold. The way child labour works is companys go somewhere that labour is cheap, so they make hundreds even thousands a day then just give away pennies in labour.

      Children have very poor condition’s They work on old machines that could easily rip off fingers slice off hands burn slice cut even kill they get work that children shouldn’t do some company’s brand their children with Nike, Etnies logos etc. Children work up to 12 to15 hours a day .

      What can you do? You can start protesting; donate to a charity research before you buy urge the government to stop buying child labour products

      Thank you for reading my letter.

      Sincerely ,
      Taylor

    liette said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Dear Editor,
    I’m writing this letter to you today to tell you about child labour and how you can help stop it because it is a bad thing.
    Child labour is when someone sells there kid to a factory or company to make shoes, sport stuff and other things. They do this in places called china, India, Philippines and some other places. When kids are first sold they are the ages to 4 to 12 and they work up to 14 to 16 hours a day and don’t get enough sleep at night. They are not allowed to play outside or go to school they have to work with dangerous stuff it’s sad.
    The conditions the kids have to work in are very dangerous because the kids get beaten if they don’t work and there are dangerous chemicals they are breathing in. The kids are often branded with the company’s logo also they are chained to their work place. They are not fed enough they are starved, kids make shoes and sport stuff and they don’t even have shoes.
    If you want to help stop child labour you can raise awareness, you can donate to Kids Can or before you buy your shoes do research on them if they are made by kids don’t buy them if they aren’t buy them.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my letter I hope you help raise awareness too.
    Sincerely,
    Liette

    Anne said:
    May 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Dear Editor,
    I have a very important issue I’d like to share with you. This issue is, Child labour .
    Child labour happens to kids under the age of fifteen. It happens in China, India, Philippines, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and several other countries. Child labour happens because often parents don’t have enough money or in some cases a child could have dead parents and have no other option but to go into Child labour.
    Some of the conditions a child has to live with are being branded with the company’s symbol, extremely dangerous work, they are also sold by their parents, get paid in pennies, terrible hours and they’re beaten, abused, and not given enough food.
    What can we do? Well, we can think while we shop, or research the product before you buy it, put pressure on the government to stop buying products made with Child labour. You can start a petition or support a group like Kids Can.
    Thank you for reading my letter.
    Sincerely,
    Anne MacDougall

    Harmony said:
    May 3, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Dear Editor, Tuesday, May, 2 2016

    Hello, I’m going to talk about Child Ladbour.
    Because they work all day long. Shoes where made in a couples of places. India that’s where they were made from. Most likely Child Labour.
    Child Labour is, all small little kids to work hard, to make shoes. And use dangerous tools to make them, every single day they make the shoes, to rest, no sleep at all!
    Shoes, there’s Brand types that we all buy in stores! Like shoe names. DC, Beats, and tons more that are out there.
    They don’t get any sleep, at all! I do feel really bad about them, there just small little kids. They need a better life. Instead of getting hurt by those dangerous tools, that they use all the time to make shoes.
    Most of the stores that we go to everyday in life, there’s shoes that we buy from them to were. We need to give a big thank you to them!
    Sincerely,
    Harmony

    taya said:
    May 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Dear Editor:
    I am going to tell you what child labour is and how child labour works and what the big
    problem is with child labour. Child labour is when a child works in a factory or in fields or does other work to help their familes because they are poor. In child labour children offen work 12 to 15 hours a day and earn a few pennies a day. Some kids work under the age of 4, some work with dangerous chemicals that could kill them.
    Child labour prevents a child from going to school and doesn’t allow a child to have play time. it
    prevents a child from getting enough rest. Even some kids get branded and often get chained to
    their stations. The owners of the factories make money using children. Even the clothes and the shoes we wear may be made my child labour. Child labour is cruel and dangerous and it must be stopped.

    Sincerely,
    Taya

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