A child at home alone.....................
April 6, 2008 1:08am CST
My daughter is 12 years old alot of people tell me that she is old enough to stay home by herself. I do not feel she is old enough to do so, there for i don't let her stay by herself at when. What do you think, and also what age would you say is the right age for a child to be able to be home alone?
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13 Apr 08
A great deal on this depends on the child. Not only their age but their maturity level. It also depends on how long of a time alone you are talking about. Most 12 year olds I have found can stay home for a couple of hours alone. I know as a child I was staying home from school alone at the age of 8. DCF here states at 10 they can stay home for an hour alone. Again though a great deal depends on the child and also the area you live in. I know some 17 year olds who can't be alone without getting into trouble. Also if your area isn't very safe one might not want to leave a child home alone. I don't think there is any set age but if the child is on par for maturity level and the area is not one you'd worry about then I'd say at 12 they can be home for a while on their own.
11 Apr 08
My sister is 12 and my Mam is just starting to let her stay at home by herself, but I was allowed to when I was 8/9. As my Mam said, I was a lot more mature and sensible at that age than my sister was. Therefore for that reason I think it is more to do with maturity than age. And when you say left alone at home, it all depends what you mean .. is it for an hour? 5 hours? a day? a weekend? I was only ever left alone for a couple of hours until I was about 13 and it could be as long as a day.