Child From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the juvenile human. For other uses, see Child (disambiguation). Group of Breaker boys in Pittston, Pennsylvania, 1911. The welfare system was practically non-existent before the 1930s and the economic pressures on the poor were giving rise to child labor. A group of Young Pioneers of China in 2009
Biologically, a child (plural: children) is a human between the stages of birth and puberty. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority.
Child may also describe a relationship with a parent (such as sons and daughters of any age) or, metaphorically, an authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; it can also signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "a child of nature" or "a child of the Sixties".