Kids Home Alone

A tragedy in New York underscores a dilemma faced by many parents. Two children died in a fire. They were left home alone so their mother could go to work. Unsupervised kids are a reality of daily life, but when does it become dangerous? Host Neal Conan and guests discuss the perils of leaving kids home alone.

Guests:

Kathryn Tout
*Co-author of the report Left Unsupervised: A Look at the Most Vulnerable Children, published in April 2003 by Child Trends, a non-profit research organization based in Washington, D.C.

Martin Guggenheim
*Professor of family law at New York University

Laurence Steinberg
*Professor of psychology at Temple
*Author of The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2004

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