Essay on Child Labor

829 Words Oct 6th, 2013 4 Pages
Child Labor Laws Child labor laws were made in regards to child labor because minors were treated harshly during child labor. Child labor laws in America have changed throughout the years. Now if child labor laws are disregarded a parent or employer will be fined. Many parents disregarded child labor laws to support their families. Child labor laws were a turning point in history because children were working in dangerous environments, and new standards were made to prevent child labor. Children were working in factories and other dangerous environments. Children started working at the age of eight years old. They were working in factories and other hazardous places. Employers thought that since children were smaller than adults they …show more content…
Many of these new standards were ignored mostly by parents. Parents were so depended upon their child on providing for their family. Some parents would forge their child’s birth certificate just so their child could work. The text says, “When the National Child Labor Committee was organized; its founders published a “List of Standards,” which summarized its minimum demands and expectations regarding child labor.” (Mofford 31) The text explains that after the National Child Labor Committee was formed they printed a “List of Standards” which talked about the expectations of child labor. The lists of standards were made to help keep the children safe. Now, in South Carolina, we have new child labor laws. After many years of child labor we have new child labor laws. Now children are allowed to start working at the age of sixteen with permission from a parent or guardian. They must provide a birth certificate that can prove their actual age. In South Carolina, any child fourteen or fifteen years of age can work at many jobs. They are not allowed to work at a job that deals with the usage of a ladder, grinders, lawnmowers, or golf carts. Also, any child fifteen or fourteen years old cannot repair cars, work in warehousing and storage, on public utilities, or prepare food. In South Carolina, any teenager that is fourteen of fifteen years old is not allowed to work for more than three hours a day and eighteen hours a week when

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