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...Be Dropped Off at the Mall with Friends

Much to Mom and Dad's dismay, there comes a time when it's just "not cool" to go to the mall, the movies, or Main Street with parents. But safety is always a concern.

Q: When is it okay for kids to be dropped off to hang out unsupervised with friends at the mall, the movies, or another public place?


Under age 10


Age 10-11


Age 12-13


Age 14 or older

727 Total votes cast.

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