With out effecting health and personal development if any children help their parents around their home, assists in a family business or earning money outside school hours should not be called as child labour. These kinds of activities provide skills and experience to the children and to the welfare of their families.
Work that deprives children of their childhood and that is harmful to physical and mental development should called CHILD LABOUR. Child labour is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children. It deprives them of the opportunity to attend school. Child labour is a crime against humanity. Children work when they are supposed to play or go to school. It is sad that children work under hazardous conditions. They became slaves and separated from their families. Acute poverty is the main cause for child labour throughout the world. These families have to send their children to work, even if the future of these innocents is ruined, as that is the only choice open for them to survive in this world.
Though poverty forces families to send their children into labor, the employers find it a source of cheap labour. Children can be beaten and bullied into doing dirty jobs. The child labour is considered as 'forced labour' because children are rarely in a position to give free consent to any activities performed by them as most aspects of their lives are determined by adults.
Can we eliminate child labour? The government alone can not deal such a great problem. A change in attitude is needed to eliminate or reduce this problem. If children of the poor can be provided education and vocational training and if stipends accompany such training, parents would be under less pressure to send their children to work. But this requires a huge effort and a fresh thinking.
Whether or not particular forms of “work” can be called “child labour” depends on the child’s age, the type and hours of work performed the conditions under which it is performed.