The World Through Kids' EyesAdolescence is, by all means, a product of modernity.[1] Back in the early 1800’s, a 16-year-old boy would be looked upon as if he was grown up — with all the benefits, limitations and responsibilities that arise from adulthood. Nowadays, thanks to industrialization and the increasingly complex division of labor, things have changed. Various legislatures began implementing laws ensuring that the kids would enjoy their most fundamental right – to be themselves, to be kids and to be protected. Yet, that world does not exist in places beyond our own city or country or even continent. All around the world, children often find themselves at risk.

The documentary The World Through Kids’ Eyes consists of six short programs that provide an intimate and unique insight into the reality of  children who do not have everything provided for them and who have to struggle to survive. The documentary was released by Maryknoll World Productions and uses an intriguing approach.  Video cameras were given to kids at risk around the world (Philippines, Peru, Brazil, USA, India and South Africa) and the kids were asked to present the world – their words and dreams through their eyes. Each story reflects one of the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and they are briefly mentioned within the review.

The World Through Kids’ Eyes can be seen as a valuable sociological and historical lesson which allows us to have a glimpse of worlds, realities, experiences — which are quite atypical of what most people are used to seeing in their mundane lives.  The stories that the children relate are quite disturbing.

For example, in Peru children start helping around the family as soon as they become physically able to do so.  Some of them go to school and also have to go to work. One of the personages in the documentary started to work when he was 10-years-old. From 5:00 am to 11:30 am, he works and then spends the rest of his days at school. Others said that often the teachers did not understand or take into consideration children who must work as well as being schooled.  In an interview a teacher from Peru said :

“You young people need to connect to your identity as youth. But you have already matured beyond that. You identify yourself with an adult because you work. You have responsibilities. But when you come to school, you become kids again who study, but it’s no longer the same. You don’t fit in.”

While there’s some truth in his words, it’s sad that someone out there is not doing enough to protect the children and give them their basic right as outlined in Articles 27, 28, 32, 34 and 40 from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This documentary must be screened in every sociology class around the world so that the kids can appreciate what their parents give them — the chance  to be kids,  not  having to work and study or be treated as an adults. The World Through Kids’ Eyes is adocumentary that raises awareness and, for once, we shall try to change things and make the world a better place for all of us.


Troye Sivan – For Them

We would like to express our gratitude to who provided the DVD of the documentary for review. Without their support this review would not have been possible.

Another realistic documentary reviewed at the  which focuses on the homeless childten in Romania is : Children Underground

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1. Demos , John and Virdinia "Adolecence in historical perspective".
Journal of Marriage and family 31 ( 1969 )632-28


  1. Thanks for the article! It was great to read and encouraged me to contribute to the efforts to help kids even just a little bit.

  2. This is a great article there is a lot of truth . There is kids around the world unable to just be kids but the countries that are starting to reconize this and starting to put in laws to help protect the kids needs to be commended . All children should have the right to be themselves..

  3. It's hard for me to relate to these things happening in today's society as my childhood was such a happy one. I had good parents that provided for my every need and even some of my wants. I see underprivileged kids in my own city and hurt for them.

    I'm very happy that you wrote this article reminding us all of the tragedy that is robing children of their childhood! I'm happy to say that being a CASA volunteer I have been instrumental in helping several children who were in abused and neglected situations through that hard time, and now have a loving family taking care of them.

    I'm also happy you included Troye's song as I love this song and he does such an excellent job projecting it with true passion. Thanks Skykid for this fine piece of literary art!

  4. I'm thrilled to see the using its resources to raise awareness of this very important problem in our world. And Troye's song/video compliments the article so well.
    Well done!



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