Georgia's Guidelines for the Supervision of Children

Georgias Guidelines for Leaving a Child Without Adult Supervision:

 

v Children under 8 years old should never be left alone, even for short periods time.

 

 

v Children between the ages of 9 and 12, based on the level of maturity, can be left home  alone for brief periods of time (about 2 hours).

 

 

v Children 13 and older can generally be left as babysitters, with the exception of children    in foster care.  It is not recommended however that a 13 year 

        babysit infants, small children and children that require special attention due to medical conditions.

 

          Other safety precautions to consider when leaving a child unaccompanied:

   

 v Don't leave the child responsible for food preparation that involves a stove.

 

 v Have a neighbor or relative check in regularly or have the child check-in with an adult.

 

 v Make a safety plan that includes 911, and rehearse it with your child.    

                                                                                                                   *Information obtained from DHR website September 2014