21st Century parenting: Your questions answered

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After a week of hearing reports from experts on their best advice for parenting in the 21st Century, some returned to answer your questions.


QUESTION — Jeanette Glenn asked how old does a child have to be to babysit at night, how old during the day and how long?

ANSWER — Legally in New York State, there’s no minimum age for leaving a child home alone. The experts say it comes down to parenting judgement. They say parents need to be able to judge how emotionally ready a child is, along with how mature they are. Experts say the general rule of thumb is 10 years of age to be home alone for an hour during the day, but at night, the minimum age should be 12-13 years of age to stay home for an hour.

QUESTION — Tish Howard asked if six years old too young to use the household iPad?

ANSWER — It varies on a case to case basis, but the experts say parents can start thinking about giving kids their first electronics at six, but talking to children and setting rules is important.

QUESTION — Melanie Murphy asked how is dating defined today?

ANSWER — Dating isn’t a popular term among youth of today, but to the experts say dating is implied when it is an intimate relationship, either sexually or not based on where the child is at.


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