Children's hands glide over the sewing machine and the foot pushes the pedal. She barely comes in because her legs are so small. The needle goes up and down, the last hem is made in the T-shirt. She puts the T-shirt on the big pile next to her. The umpteenth time that she sees the unicorn dust coming today. This day is over, she can go home again to play with her brothers and sisters. Tomorrow will repeat this day again. Again and again.
Child labor unfortunately still occurs frequently in the world. In Africa the percentage of child labor is the highest. Heartbreaking. In the Netherlands this is happily arranged better, child labor does not occur. Yet? Or is there indeed 'hidden' child labor here?
What does the law mean by child labor?
In 1874, the House of Representatives agreed with Van Houten's Kinderwetje. Children between the ages of 0 and 12 can no longer work in the Netherlands. That seems to be a clear guideline, but much has changed over time. We are no less than 150 years away and maybe it's time to take a closer look at this law. Because does he still meet this current time?
Child labor in the Netherlands
Child labor in the Netherlands has therefore been banned for more than a century. And yet it seems to me in the Netherlands and the chances are that many children do not even get paid for it. A few examples:
A baby in the stomach is used to sell a product by means of an ultrasound photo. There is a device that shows the echo pictures via the computer. Something you can do on your own bank at home. The child has not even seen the light of day and is already being used to earn money.
On Facebook there is a call: You get a free baby pants in exchange for a picture of your child wearing our baby pants. They will use this photo on their website, as an advertisement for their product. In no time, the counter is at 126 reactions. Photos of children are massively shared by parents in the comments under the message. "What will my princess look like with this tiger print pants?"
A boy is happy with his new loft bed. What is he proud of his tough bed. And rightly so, he is also beautiful. What he does not know is that he himself worked for this bed without him knowing it. His mother got paid for this photo or got the high sleeper in exchange for attention on social media or in her blog.
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Influencers only need to make a picture (or film) of their child with that beautiful hair band around the head. Placing the photo with a few brands of hashtags and Mama's bank account has been spotted again.
Sometimes nothing is said but I sometimes also hear: "I do not put this on my own account, but on the savings account of my child. So that he can study later. "Seriously? Nice message: "You have to work for your own study". Are not we as parents responsible for this ourselves?
In most cases, however, the money received will simply end up on the business account of father or mother to pay the bills, because mom or dad is an influencer by profession. 'Play well by baby, mama will continue to film you, because that's what the sponsor likes.'
Is it child labor?
In the new world of influencers there are (still) no strict rules on child labor. But when you spend money as a child under the age of 13 for the family, know that the relationship between parent and child is shifting. It is not a healthy situation when you have to work as a child of your parents. Even though the child does not find it a problem himself or is not aware of it.
Children have just as much right to privacy as adults. Parents have the responsibility to ensure these for their children. When you place a sponsored photo on your child's Instagram in the Vondelpark accompanied by the Bugaboodonkey, be aware that anything can happen with this photo. Parents are legally responsible for their children. A child is vulnerable and dependent. Make a well thought-out choice before placing a photo on the internet.
What I am completely afraid of are the photos where a naked skin can be seen. And then I'm not talking about an arm or face. But about a boy of about 6 years who only wears a pair of cool jeans. All attention goes to the jeans. At least that is what the company aims at. In reality, attention goes to people who want to go to the naked upper body of the child. You do not want to think about it, but unfortunately they do exist in our world.
How is it for the child at the moment?
At the moment the child thinks it's crazy to play with the latest toys. No problem at all that he has to smile at the camera while playing with it. That saves him a lot of weeks saving pocket money. But does he really know what is happening? The photos remain on the worldwide web forever. From the moment it is placed, everyone can do what he wants. Without you knowing about it. It may be that the head of the child is placed on the body of another person. For example, in a campaign against bullying, where the child acts as bully.
Do not just think in the here and now, but also in the future. What do his friends think about his baby being in the box with the newest pacifier? Do you want to be seen as an adolescent by others with a teat in your mouth? What does his employer think when he sees that he is showing a swimming trunks as a 7-year-old boy? What does he think of him being used to make money without his permission?
There are parents who continue to sponsor photos despite the dangers. It is then important to keep talking with children. From a certain age they are perfectly able to say what they want and do not want. Lay open and exposed on the table what it means. "You take a picture with a jacket. We get money, because you are in the picture with that new coat. The photo is about the world. Everyone can see your face. There are people who can use the photo in a wrong way. This is not always the case, but you have to take into account that this can happen. "
You decide not to consult with your child. Because you yourself are very happy or that you really need the money, you realize, if your child has to work to provide the family with maintenance, then there is a form of child labor. Perhaps in a less visible way than that little girl in Africa, but no less sad. Ask yourself whether this sponsored campaign can be conducted, without involving your child (ren), and can also be just a child.