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Child Supervision Guidelines
Children Should be Supervised at All Times
Children who are in middle school or younger should have direct adult supervision. If this cannot be arranged, parents need to use good judgment in deciding if children should be left alone and for how long.

Child Supervision Guidelines
Supervision 
Age 0-9  Should not be left unsupervised 
Age 10-12  Should not be left unsupervised for more than 3 hours 
Age 13-18  May be left alone for longer than 3 hours 
Under 16  Should not be left alone overnight 

Babysitting 
Age 9-12  May act as "Parent Helper" with adult supervision 
Age 13 May baby sit for children over age 4 for no more than 3 hours
Age 14 & over May baby-sit infants and children

Additional Information
Children and babysitters should have emergency telephone numbers and a telephone number to locate a parent or designated responsible adult. For more information, call 703-771-KIDS (5437).

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