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latchkey kid

A school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general due to his or her parents being away for work. I know it makes me sound horrible, but I just don't want Tommy hanging out with those latchkey kids from down the road. Being a latchkey kid was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
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She points out that, "In many affluent communities with latchkey kids, drug use and other problems can be swept under the rug.
On the surface, the explosion of opportunities for "growth" in areas like music and sports looks like the perfect answer to the boredom faced by millions of latchkey kids, but the reality is not always so pretty.
Children face many problems -- 17 million children growing up without a father in the house, five million latchkey kids and 1 million teen-age girls still becoming pregnant each year.
And if you're the parent of latchkey kids, there are even security systems that Mil alert you when your children aren't home on time.
Remember that a great many of us grew up fending for ourselves in day care or as latchkey kids.
Gently tell them that the student body has changed since they went to school from upper- and middle-class students to 60 percent latchkey kids, with 24 percent coming from minority groups.
After school, approximately one-third of all school-age children in the United States are, for some part of the week, latchkey kids, according to the US Census Bureau4; that is, they go home to an empty house or apartment.
It's no longer the latchkey kids trying to play Cycapture the flag' with their computers," Garcia, president/CEO of InfoSight, an information security, risk and compliance management company in Miami Lakes, Fla.
But like Gen X latchkey kids who created their own rules and regimes while parents worked, youth today are surprisingly filtering out what's overwhelming to them online:
The dysfunctional family with its latchkey kids, the swarms of social workers losing the fight, and the Child Support Agency (further reformed this very day) threatening to name and shame runaway parents ensures that Tim Firth's The Flint Street Nativity owes much more to the latter, enlivened though it is by the eternally evil antics of infant school kids already on the road to manipulative adulthood.
Or hold parents who work long hours and come home to latchkey kids, or allow their kids to spend all day in a day-care facility being raised by strangers, accountable for neglecting the social, emotional and intellectual needs of their children?
As you say, it would mean millions of businesses changing times, and if they don't finish at either the same or very similar times to schools then we will be creating untold numbers of latchkey kids.
Yes, the more affluent have latchkey kids, just as the poor do.
ANS) - Like many other cities in the United States, this one has had its share of latchkey kids, truancy, graffiti, drugs and gangs.