Child labour-Industrial Revolution

The Victorian Era became notorious for the employment of young children in factories and mines. Can you look for further information on child labour and give examples of it in Dickens literature?
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15 Responses to Child labour-Industrial Revolution

  1. Paula Alvarado says:

    At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, few laws existed to protect children from the harsh, and sometimes deadly, working conditions. The children were doing illegal jobs like for exemple: street cleaners, street hawkers, chimney sweeps, work in the factories, work in coal mines.

  2. Artur Jové says:

    Acts to Improve their Situation:
    The Parliament passed several labor laws for the children.
    Three most important laws:
    – Cotton Factories Regulation Act(1819): which set the minimum working age at 9 and maximum working hours at 12.
    – Regulation of Child Labor Law(1833): which established paid inspectors to enforce the laws.
    – Ten Hours Bill(1847): which limited working hours to 10 for children and women.

  3. Pau Plana Ollé says:

    During the industrial revolution many children worked 16 hours per day under atroucious conditions. There were some ineffective laws to regulate the work of children.
    Finally in 1819 appeared the cotton factories regulation act, the first law that regulates the work of children.
    In 1833 the government did a law that says:
    – People from 11 to 18 were allowed to work 12 h daily.
    – People from 9 to 11 were allowed to work 8 h per daily.
    – Children under 9 were no loger permitted to work at all.
    And another act in 1847 limited adults and children to work 10 h daily.

  4. Pau Domingo says:

    During the industrial revolution the children worked in the factories under deplorable conditions. Some people began to complained about this situation. The first law was stablished in 1819 in the textile industry which said that the minimum age to work is 10 and the maximum of hours is 12. In 1833 the Regulation of Child Labor Law appear which established paid inspectors to enforce the laws. The last one was established in 1847 (Ten Hours Bill) which limited working hours to 10 for children and women.

  5. Ariadna Solés says:

    The children of the poor families were forced by economic conditions to work, as Dickens. Some children worked as apprentices, general servants, iron and coal mines, gas works, chimney sweeping, construction. Unfortunetly some girls had to work as prostitutes. They had to work under hard conditions. For instance, they worked in factories and cotton mills for 12 hours every day.

  6. Maria Lladosa says:

    In the early 19th century, the children between seven and thirteen years began working. Most worked in factories and coal mines. The girls usually worked in cotton mills. The working conditions were dismal: not pay and the jobs were very hard. The boys and girls worked many hours a week, many of them not slept and for this reason many children died in factories. In many cases it worked with smoke and noise. The children had no childhood and never went to school. Fortunately this situation has been improving, but, we all know, this situation happens in some parts of the world.

  7. Sergi Ramos Suarez says:

    During the 19th century many families were very poor. This means that also of the families need more money to improve their social situation. And the young childs of also of this poor families work in a diferents factories where the conditios were subhuman (infrahumanas). And this child normaly work 16 hours for day. But in 1819 appear diferents laws:
    – People from 11 to 18 were allowed to work 12 h daily.
    – People from 9 to 11 were allowed to work 8 h per daily.
    – Children under 9 were no loger permitted to work at all.

  8. Anna Oviedo says:

    The education during the Victorian era was scarce. Most of children did between two and three years of school, until 1870 when appeared the education law that said that all children from five to ten years should go to school. But most of the children were still working because that gave them money and education no, girls were housewives and children working in factories.

  9. Paula Fernández Bru says:

    Half of the children between 5 and 15 were forced by economic conditions to work.
    Many of the more fortunate found employment as apprentices to respectable trade (in the building trade workers) or as general but many more were not so lucky. Most prostitutes were between 15 and 22 years of age.
    The most common child labors were iron and coal mines, gas works, shipyards, construction, match factories, nail factories, and the business of chimney sweeping…

  10. Julia Fernandez says:

    Children were work in a really bad conditions the old persons made them the dirty tasks. Children were work in factories, coal mines… They trated them very bad. Beginning to work with 4 years. They work a lot of hours for very little money. Most of children were orphans and to survive robbed and they made illegal work for win some money.

  11. Alex Vela says:

    in the victorian time’s the children of only the poor families weere forceed because his families hadn’t got money and they had to worked. The children worked in the factories under inadmissible conditions
    At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, some people could protect children from the harsh

  12. Clàudia Moncunill Alcoverro says:

    Many factory workers were children. Children as young as six years old during the industrial revolution worked hard hours for little or no pay.Theysometimes worked up to 19 hours a day, they were in horrible conditions. A young child could not earn much, but even a few pence would be enough to buy food.

  13. Victor Montserrat says:

    In the Victorian times or the beginning of the industrial revolution, there was no such law or rule. Children worked in factories earning a ridiculous amount. They have know that all this was illegal but didn´t do anything. Children working as slaves in mines, sweepers, selling things on the street etc …

  14. Mireia Rubio says:

    I think that he conditions are very difficult. The children worked long hours and were often treated badly by the supervisors or overseers. There were some serious accidents, some children were scalped when their hair was caught in the machine, hands were crushed and some children were killed when they went to sleep and fell into the machine.
    The children of the streets were often orphans with no-one to care for them.

  15. Marta Valiente says:

    Child labours:

    In the industrial revolution, children work very hard, in a factory; girls sew a lot with the machine or with the hands …
    Other usual work was clean the chimneys and they work in very bad conditions.

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