Leaving Children Home Alone
Original post made by Home Alone, Meadow Park, on May 22, 2010
* Children ages 6 and under should never be left without direct supervision, even for a short time. If a child is unable to quickly find and talk in person to a parent or sitter, the child is unsupervised.
* Children ages 7 to 10 rarely, if ever, should be without direct supervision. Depending on the child's maturity and capability, as well as the situation, more mature children in this age group may be left alone for a very short time, usually 15 minutes or less.
* Children ages 11 to 14 probably do not need a sitter if the parent is gone occasionally for a few hours. A child would need supervision, preferably by an adult, if the parent is gone regularly or for long periods (such as working).
* Children ages 15 and up, for the most part, do not need a sitter. If, however, a child has special needs, supervision may be in order.