These are Latchkey Children Resources.
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Internet Safety || General Child Safety
Information from CopeLines, a publication of Cope, Inc.
Legal Age Restrictions for Latchkey Kids
The Library and the Latchkey
"Current trends are again influencing youth services in libraries. Economic and social conditions have increased the need for child care services and created the phenomenon of the so–called &'latchkey child'—the school–aged child who has no parent or guardian at home after school hours and has no alternative care arrangement.... It is not surprising that great numbers of children are in the public library unattended after school, on school holidays, and during emergency closing days such as snow days. What role do public libraries have to play in providing safe shelter for the nation's children? Where does the library's responsibility to community needs end? Who will provide the after–school services to children if the public library closes its doors?"
The New Latchkey Kids
"More than a million grade–schoolers have nobody to take care of them once class lets out. Where have all the after–school programs gone?"
Protecting Your Kids When They're Home Alone
Information from the National Safe Kids Campaign.
Safety Tips for Working Parents with Latchkey Kids
Safety tips for parents and children, info on free/low-cost daycare and after-school programs.
Self Care for School Age Children
Report from the Australian Institute for Family Studies, guidelines for parents and children, resources in Australia.
When It's Just You After School
Information for kids from KidsHealth, includes safety tips.
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