The Effects Of Making Your Child A Latchkey Kid

1343 Words Nov 11th, 2014 6 Pages
Each day children across America go to school; education not only being a requirement, but a necessity of life. Yet when the school bell rings every afternoon, over four million children ages five to fourteen go home to no parental guardian (Olsen). These children are called latchkey kids; terminology first used in the 1940s during World War II, when women had to work because their husbands were deployed. Latchkey meaning the key to the house is often strung around the child’s neck or hidden under a mat near the door. Even though this seemed to be a required thing at the time, there are many negative effects of making your child a latchkey kid. Children who are left alone after school, classified as latchkey kids, are more susceptible to violent behavior, unsafe environments, and unreasonable responsibilities. Many children who go home to an empty house do not have any structure until their parent or guardian arrives. “The afternoon hours after school were the peak of juvenile crime and these [latchkey] kids are the cause of it. . . In the last 11 years, juvenile crime has increased forty eight percent” (Alston). Many of these children will play videogames when they go home, being influenced by violence and actions of the characters in the game. Not only do videogames portray violent activity, television shows include criminals who can have influences on children’s actions and what they consider to be right. If a child has an older sibling who is required to take care of…
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