The Philadelphia Inquirer: Keep Kids Safe

Philadelphia’s kids are enjoying summer break, and while this is a joyful time, safety concerns arise. Parents, guardians, neighbors, and community members must ensure a safe, fun environment where kids can thrive. We must protect children in our communities. Build relationships, organize activities, and share info about local programs. Stay watchful and keep communication open.

Parents often feel anxious about leaving their children home without supervision. In Pennsylvania, there is no designated legal age for children to be left alone. Assessing if your child can safely stay home alone involves considering their age, maturity level, cognitive skills, and the duration they will be unsupervised. It’s important to set clear guidelines and provide essential resources, such as emergency contact lists and a comprehensive emergency plan. Before leaving them alone regularly, try a “test run” to evaluate their preparedness. Let’s work together to keep Philly’s kids safe and their summers joyful. The Front Porch Project from the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance raises awareness and empowers neighbors to prevent abuse. Learn more at

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, contact ChildLine at 800-932-0313.

Angela Liddle, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 2024

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