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Click the links to be taken to their web pages. From there you can search their site, obtain mailing addresses and phone numbers, and contact them directly for how you can become involved.

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO). If you wish to view photographic essays and posters of child labour to add a visual learning component, please click the link. The ILO welcomes their use and offers them freely as long as proper academic citation is used. For press releases, speeches, and information kits , the ILO has a wealth of opportunities to explore the topic. For the Report of the Committee on Child Labour (1999) please click the link, or you can go directly to the Child Labour homepage.
  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). For more specific information on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children , please click the link. The homepage menu is easy to navigate and contains many informational spots to investigate.Human Rights Watch. The specific site within for children's rights has links to child labour, juvenile justice, child soldiers, refugees, street children, and other important topics.
  • Free the Children. This organization was started by a 12-year old Canadian boy in 1995 after the death of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani boy who was sold in bondage as a carpet weaver and was murdered for speaking out against his condition. Using the navigation menu on the top of your screen, you can access the current campaigns which are smartly organized, well-researched and linked, and provide strong action components for students to get involved. This site is particularly geared to students because of its founder (who actively campaigns across the world). Resources include video clips that can be played on your computer.
  • Save The Children. Emergency crisis relief programs are the hallmark of this group.
  • Children's Rights Information Network. Web site has a thematic breakdown on the right side navigation menu.....good links to other sources especially on the September 19-21, 2001 Special Session on Children -- an unprecedented meeting of the UN General Assembly dedicated to the children and adolescents of the world.


  • Archard, David, Children: Rights and Childhood, New York : Routledge, 1993.
  • Colon, A. R. and P. A. Colon,  A History of Children: A Socio-Cultural Survey
    Across Millennia, Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001.


The unchanging, immutable nature of childhood despite epochal and societal differences in birth rituals, education, puberty rituals, inheritance laws, child labor registration, cultural customs, and historical events that have affected the lives of children over the last 5000 years. Despite the cruelties of infanticide, abandonment, and slavery that continue to have presence in the modern world, the love and regard for children have not changed drastically. Impact of laws, religions, pedagogues, medicine, advocates, and the rogues of history—plagues, tyrants, wars, superstitions, poverty, famines---on the lives of children.

Greenleaf, Barbara Kaye, Children Through the Ages : A History of Childhood, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978.

Hawes, Joseph. and N. Roy Hines, American Childhood : A Research Guide and Historical Handbook, Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1985.

James, Allison and Alan Prout, eds., Constructing and Reconstructing childhood : New Directions in the Sociological Study of Childhood, New York : Falmer Press, 1990.

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