latchkey child

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latchkey child

A child who is home alone after school or in general because their parents or guardians are at work. I know it makes me sound horrible, but I just don't want Tommy hanging out with those latchkey children from down the road. Being a latchkey child was tough at times, but it taught me the value of self-reliance at an earlier age than most.
See also: child, latchkey
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At the same time more than 14 million latch key children (25 percent of the country's K-12 youth) have no adult support or supervision after school even though there is overwhelming evidence that well organized and well funded afterschool programs can make this quality time.
I've known quite a few latch key children in my time and, believe me, they've grown up to be very respectable people.
The debate about how to keep a country working without creating a generation of latch key children has been started.
Parents while at work, or children visiting relatives or friends as well as latch key children can be monitored as well as senior citizens who have other forms of chronic lung disease.
It was founded in response to the community's concern for latch key children left on their own.