When is it OK for your child to be home alone?

Home is the place where a child should feel protected and safe. But what about those times when a parent can't be there? If there is no affordable after-school program or sitter available, when is it OK for your child to be home alone?

There is no right answer for every child. But there are ways to evaluate your child's capabilities and make a more informed decision.

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Review these questions

Experiment first

If you and your child believe the time is right, try leaving the child alone for short periods to test the results. Call it an "experiment." Make sure these elements are in place.

After the trial, discuss your experiment. Did each person feel comfortable?

Safety hints

Discuss these situations with your child and be sure that everyone involved is confident that all of these situations could be confronted successfully.

Information provided by Prevent Child Abuse Indiana