WHAT IS CHILD LABOR?
Child labor refers to any work performed by a child that:
- Subjects the child to economic exploitation;
- Is likely to be hazardous;
- Interferes with the child’s education;
- Is harmful to the child’s health; and
- Disrupts the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.
CHILD LABOR and CHILD WORK: What’s the difference?
|Work is burdensome; too heavy for child’s age and capabilities.||Work is appropriate to child’s age and capabilities.|
|Workplace poses hazard to child’s health and life.||Workplace is kept safe and child-friendly; does not pose hazards to child’s health and life.|
|Very long hours of work; limited or no time for school, play or rest.||Work is for the limited period only; child can still go to school, play or rest.|
|Work is unsupervised or supervised by abusive adults.||Work is supervised by responsible and caring adults.|
|Work is limited or no positive rewards.||Work justly compensates child materially and psychologically.|
|Child is forced by circumstances or by coercive individuals to work.||Child is working voluntarily to help augment family income or develop family enterprise.|
|Child is subjected to psychological, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse.||Child’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being are nourished even in the work environment.|
|Work is excluded from legislation, social security and benefits (e.g. SSS, health and hospitalization, etc.).||Work is regulated by law or governed by family/ community norms and values.|
|Work is utilized for exploitative, subversive or clandestine operations or disguised illegal activities.||
Work serves as vehicle for social advancement and improvement in child’s quality of life.
For more information on Child Labor in the Philippines, go to www.clkss.org.ph.