Georgia Supervision Guidelines
Children under 8 years old should never be left alone.
- 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).
- Children 13 and older can generally be left as babysitters, with the exception of children in foster care. It is not recommended, however, that 13 year olds baby sit infants, small children and children that require special attention due to medical conditions.
- Children 15 and older can be left home alone overnight, depending on the level of maturity of the child.
Other safety precautions to consider when leaving a child unaccompanied:
- Don’t leave the child responsible for food preparation that involves a stove.
- Have a neighbor or relative check in regularly or have the child check-in with an adult.
- Make a safety plan that includes 911, and rehearse it with your child.
*Information obtained from DHR website on April 28, 2015*