There is a common misconception of the treatment of children: that a child is especially protected because of their young age and innocence. However, especially today, the opposite is the case. Many children, because of their vulnerabilities, are being taken advantage of across the board of basic human rights on a global scale. Around the world, a majority of the 2.2 billion children are exposed to terrorism, sexual violence, poverty, and little to no education at a young age. It is imperative that society comes together to tackle these issues in order to keep the future of the world stable.
On almost every continent in the world, children are exposed to massive amounts of violence. These issues range from terrorism to sexual violence. For example, children have become victims of deadly indoctrination by ISIS. Children are recruited by ISIS for fear of being left behind or killed. At an early age, they are taught a twisted ideology which teaches them that killing is a societal norm, in the name of Allah.
On the other hand, many young children are exposed to violence from human trafficking all over the world. A common misconception is that human trafficking means sexual exploitation. However, another form of trafficking exists: forced labor. Sweatshops are considered a form of forced labor, and millions of children fall victim to these two types of human trafficking every year.
Finally, exposure to poverty and little exposure to education negatively affects children as they grow up. Education standards vary drastically across the globe. In some countries, children may not receive education greater than elementary school. In other countries, children will never receive high school diplomas. When children who are victims of poverty do not receive an education more than junior or high school, they are left with little literacy they need in order to be successful.
1. When you think of children’s rights, what are the first three topics that come to mind?
2. What is your familiarity with childrens rights?
3. What are the differences between children’s rights and human rights?
4. Do you believe children are better protected than adults?
5. If you believe in the ideology that children are better protected because of their age/innocence, why do we see maltreatment around the world?
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