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what is the right age, child home alone

...Stay Home Alone


Your child's maturity level and other factors such as neighborhood safety, medical conditions, sibling age(s), and how long you'll be gone are big factors when deciding whether you can leave your child home alone.

Q: At what age can a child be left home alone for all or part of the day?

70% 

Age 12 or older

25% 

Age 10-11

5% 

Age 9

0% 

Age 8 or younger

9710 Total votes cast.

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