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HOUSE RULES Are you ready to stay home alone? Canada doesn’t have a country-wide law that says kids have to be a certain age to stay home alone. The laws vary from province to province, and some even leave the decision entirely up to the parents. But a lot of organizations, like the Canada Safety Council, suggest that 10 is an acceptable age for kids to start staying home on their own for short periods of time. Many of these organizations also offer “Home Alone” courses to help get kids ready. However, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea for kids to stay home alone at this age, even if they have taken a course. Some say that there are too many risks, and that a lot of kids are just not mature enough to handle the responsibility.

This month, three OWL readers debate the question: Should kids be able to stay home alone at age 10?

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OWL Ages 9-13 The Entertaining, Informative, Challenging and Inspiring Canadian magazine for Preteens!

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OWL Ages 9-13 The Entertaining, Informative, Challenging and Inspiring Canadian magazine for Preteens!

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