Students having a job while in still in school has been a controversial issue. However, when it comes down to children, especially the disadvantaged, earning money in many countries, many people are raising their voice to oppose this situation. Those who regard this trend as encouraging possibly do not know that this is dangerous and against the law in some countries.
First of all, using underage workers can be considered to be illegal. Someone who commits this act can be accused of exploiting children in some countries such as Vietnam.
Making money at an early age is very dangerous because children are innocent of what they are doing. Young people may not know if the work they are doing is right or wrong. Therefore, once entering the world of adults, children are likely to enter the world of criminals as well. This world abounds with all manner of evil. These young people are often faced with abuse and drug addiction. As many people say, there is only a small step from drug addiction to drug trafficking. This is a terrible downward spiral.
There are those who will say that work offers children real-life experience and helps them take responsibility However, the training that it would take for children to assume more responsibility is not available. Poor children, in particular, once getting involved in paid work prematurely, might never have a chance to get a decent job when they grow up because of their history.
Children have a right to go to school and have innocent entertainment, protected from predatory adults. This, not work, is what ensures a future rosy with happiness and a high salary, unlike those children who are forced to work too early and get paid very little.
To sum up, I think it is essential to campaign against child abuse, which involves getting children to work at an early age when they should be enjoying their childhood with education and wholesome entertainment. People who think working prematurely is good for children had better change their opinion.
- For Teachers