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Story on sunrise this morning Lock Rss


Did any one else see the story on Sunrise this morning about the 4y old at home alone while mum went out to pick up the older kids from school,the house caught on fire but I missed weather the child survived it's such a sad story!

And I can't believe there are no laws stating an age that kids can be left at home unsupervised, what age do you think is ok?


The boy survived
There use to be a law on what age you could leave you kids home alone, not sure about it any more though.
There's no law [url=http://www.mysmiley.net][img]http://serve.mysmi...] Really?
I'm not sure there is an "age". Everyone will have their own experiences of what is normal yk? I've left my 6 yo at home for 15mins while I popped out to grab milk, but then that might be shocking to others. We live in a large rural town, we know our neighbors [u]really[/u] well and ds is very mature for his age, so while I didn't do it lightly, I was comfortable with it.
I thought the age was 16??







I thought there was still a law can't remember what the age is though.
Not to sure what age would be ok. my half sisters stay at home by them selfs at times they have done so since the older sister of the 2 was 13 an the younger sister was 10.
I have no idea at what age I would be ready to start doing this, but I'd think 10 at the minimum. I also feel that it needs to be the youngest child's age that is taken into account instead of the oldest child - I don't think it's fair on the older children when they are left along to look after older kids. Same as when they are outside playing in the street - I've already told my DH that our kids won't be unsupervised out there unless our youngest can be trusted.
I was always told that the law stated the child had to be 12 years old to be left alone. I was shocked to see this morning on sunrise that there is actually no age law at all.

I guess it all comes down to common sense and sadly not all parents have it. I would never leave my 4yr old son home alone for any amount of time. Thankfully the little boy in question wasnt killed and hopefully his mum has learnt a very valuable lesson.

Julia (14yrs), Cooper (6yrs) & Amarlia (14 months)

I have left my 10 year old alone for short periods of time. No more then around 10 to 15 minutes just to pop down to the shops. She's pretty mature and I can be pretty sure she'll just sit and read. She's a book worm. Even then I leave the phone next to her with my mobile number written next to it.

Never left my 5 year old alone, no way!
In New Zealand the law is 14.....
[quote name='~Ruby~Gloom~' date='01 June 2011 - 04:55 AM' timestamp='1306900529' post='2999768']
There's no law [url="http://www.mysmiley.net"][img]http://serve.mysm...] Really?
I'm not sure there is an "age". Everyone will have their own experiences of what is normal yk? I've left my 6 yo at home for 15mins while I popped out to grab milk, but then that might be shocking to others. We live in a large rural town, we know our neighbors [u]really[/u] well and ds is very mature for his age, so while I didn't do it lightly, I was comfortable with it.
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Sorry but IMO no 6 year old is mature enough to leave at home by them selves.
[quote name='busy mum84' date='01 June 2011 - 12:35 PM' timestamp='1306902936' post='2999817']
Sorry but IMO no 6 year old is mature enough to leave at home by them selves.
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[url=http://www.mysmiley.net][img]http://serve.mysmi...] Which is why I prefaced my post with the bit about "everyone having different experiences opinions..." Thanks anyway for your unwanted and unasked for opinion, but still, you don't know my 6 yo <span class="emoticon smile">smile</span>

I don't think it's should be only about maturity it's safety too!!! the boy in the story could have died and he wasn't doing anything wrong he was just sitting watching TV!! Once something happens it's too late!


Totally agree.

I don't think it's should be only about maturity it's safety too!!! the boy in the story could have died and he wasn't doing anything wrong he was just sitting watching TV!! Once something happens it's too late!


Same thing isn't it?
When I used maturity as my excuse I meant my daughter is mature enough to know how to keep safe.
If there's a fire, she knows to get low and to get out. And I trust she'd do this.
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