Until What Age Do Kids Need Direct Supervision

Do children in Ontario really have to be 16 years old before he or she can be left unsupervised? Well, first of all, by that age, we’re talking about young men and women, not “kids” anymore. They’ve left childhood behind and are emerging from adolescence into adulthood. The question has arisen after a Vancouver father was told his children were too young to be allowed to take public transit to school. BC child protection authorities told him no child could be unattended anywhere. This comes as a shock to students who take the TTC to school every day in Toronto who have no parent there to hold their hand. There is a section of the Child and Family Services Act that says parents are responsible to make “provision for his or her supervision or care that is reasonable under the circumstances” until their child is 16. There is no law in Ontario that dictates a specific age at which a child can be left unsupervised. A lot depends on the child’s age and maturity….. Ed

Until What Age Do Kids Need Direct Supervision

Source: Edward Keenan / Photo: Andrew Francis Wallace

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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