According to many states, there are no laws regarding the proper or lawful age to leave children home alone. Most states follow the Safe Act. The Safe Kids Act states that a child can be left home alone when they are mature enough to make proper decisions in an emergency situation. The suggested age is 12 years old. Some 10 y/o may be mature enough, while some 13 y/o may not. In addition, regardless of the decisions that the child makes, the parent will be held ultimately responsible.
For this reason, AIR Childcare Training Solutions has developed the Home Alone Confidence Program which teaches children about the possible scenarios that they could come up against and how to handle them.