They assert that any work given to children does not quantify to child labor. As they note, some types of work impart important skills and instill responsibilities in children. These kinds of work are critical for healthy development teenagers and later adults. However, work that poses harmful effects and result to negative consequences to children is child labor. In addition, work that violates the laws on the minimum wage and threatens the emotional, physical, and mental well-being of the children is child labor. Further, work that involves slavery and trafficking of children, as well as forced work depicts child labor (3).
The history of child labor dates back to the pre-industrial period as Clark-Bennett and Sherer (2004) reveals. During that time, children participated in simple household activities such as bringing up siblings and farming, when their families thought they were of age. From a general standpoint, this kind of work is not harmful. As their study confirms, children aged thirteen years and above were adults and could do work similar to adults. Noteworthy also is that education was of little or no importance during the pre-industrial