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Centuries ago child labour was common in the UK.

Many children would work to earn money for their families in mills and factories all around the country.

Today however, the situation is different and children are now only allowed to work in part-time jobs such as a supermarket or delivering newspapers.

But even though they are allowed to work, the number of youngsters with part-time jobs has almost halved in the UK.

The children who spoke to us gave us different reasons for why they don't work.

One child told us that there is no need for him to work as his father gives him 5-10 pounds a day.

Another felt that it would be good to work, but concentrating on school work is more important.

One child even felt that adults do not trust children enough to give them jobs!

Professor Jane Humphries, an economic historian said that one of the reasons behind the decline in children working is that families have got richer and so many children have no need to work for money.

She also said that compulsory state schooling has made it more difficult for children to work as well.

As a result, Prof Humphries believes that children who keep getting pocket money and are not working are not using initiative and do not feel the responsibility to find a job.

Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner for England disagrees with Prof Humphries.

She thinks that children should be given time to learn and be safe rather than to work and that a job is too much responsibility for a child to handle.

What do you think of children working? Write to us in English!
ما رأيك في عمالة الأطفال؟ اكتب لنا بالإنجليزية

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

centuries
قرون
child labour
عمالة الاطفال
mills
مطاحن
factories
مصانع
situation
حالة/ وضع
part-time jobs
وظائف بدوام جزئي
delivering newspapers
توزيع الجرائد
no need
لا حاجة
economic historian
مؤرخ إقتصادي
compulsory state schooling
التعليم الإلزامي

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

I see that child labour different from country to others. In palestine, poverty imposes children to work to help their families in the hard life they live.
Mohammed, Khan Younis, Palestine

I think a little work for childerens is useful for them and thier family. worker child learn how to communicate with people and other benifts
Abd Ol-Fattah Mostafa, Egypt

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