Child labor in the industrial revolution still affects children today for many reasons. Children may not have realized that they have helped us alot. They made sacrifices for their family and their health Just to get food on the table. No kids back then had education, so because of that a child’s education is very important today. Child labor gave children today a chance to have a childhood and to spend time with their parents or have a play-date with their best friends A child with an education was very rare back then. They didn’t have much of a choice ecause parents depended on their income.
Kids had to work so much that, they didn’t have time for school. Nobody realized back then; but kids not going to school affected many generation of children. Without an education, their most likely not going to be able to have a Job that makes enough money to get out of poverty. The kids worked for about 1 to 2 cents a day (sometimes not getting anything at all). Children Today don’t have to work. Because of child labor laws strictly saying that kids can’t work until their 13 years old, and by the time kids are 13 they wouldVe had n education. Making the percentage of people in poverty lower.
Child Labor has affected many children today by giving the children rights, even though it took a while it still happened. Every kids should be proud for the long hard battle to make sure kids are going to school and not working. You may think, why would their parents do this? Well many parents had to agree to it or their family wouldn’t survive without the income. If they didn’t work they didn’t have enough income to live or have shelter. One man, Lewis Wickes Hines, quit eaching to go and take pictures of children working and expose the horrors of child labor to naive people.
But still many thought child labor helped poor families and the community at large. Sometimes whole families were hired, men for the heavy work and women and children for the lighter work. The world has had many great accomplishments but what people often fail to think about are the consequences of these great accomplishments. When the Industrial Revolution came to Britain, there was a high demand for labor to work in the various ills and mines because of the demand for production. Chimneysweepers also became common during this time.
Because of this, families fled from their rural farms to industrialized cities in search of work. Children were often the workers of choice because they were easily controlled, they were small and able to get into smaller places and because they were easily forced to work long and grueling hours. The Industrial Revolution was responsible for advancements in technology because production was faster using these machines than by hand. All of this should have een a positive experience, however because of child labor it turned into a very negative era.
The Industrial Revolution was responsible for damaging children in a lot of ways including their overall health, lack of education and the way they were brutally mistreated and abused. There is nothing more shameful in British history than the despicable treatment of the nation’s working children during this time. Children were treated as animals, often beaten, starved and overworked. Entire generations of young people lost their precious childhood, because they were forced o work in these conditions.
Many pieces of literature show us examples of the mistreatment and abuse, overall health and lack of education these children endured. There are several examples of authors portraying their lives through their own literature because they too lived as children during this era and often endured the same harsh treatment. The result of their hard work created enormous amounts of suffering and sometimes death due to the greed of mill-owners, the sadistic cruelty of factory overseers and the consent of parents.