Know More About SC’s Free Range Parenting Bill
SC’s Free Range Parenting Bill reconsiders the time limit for which a child can be left unsupervised.
This Tuesday morning, a new bill was approved in South Carolina concerning logistics for when a child can be left without parental supervision before it is considered neglect. Keep reading to find out more about SC’s Free Range Parenting Bill…
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SC’s Free Range Parenting Bill
The purpose of what is dubbed as South Carolina’s “Free Range Parenting” Bill is to allow parents to be less likely to be charged with neglect when it comes to leaving their children unsupervised for temporary periods of time (walking home from school, waiting in the car at the grocery store, staying at home alone for a few hours). Leaving a child to have unsupervised time will not be considered punishable as long as there are no other red-flags of neglect present.
Senator Katrina Shealy had originally proposed for there to be a specific age limit to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable ages (9 years old) but that notion was eventually dropped from the bill.
Currently, SC’s Free Range Parenting Bill considers unsupervised time acceptable only if the child is considered old and mature enough, but it is not quite specified who exactly is qualified to evaluate this but it suspected that it is only at the parents’ discretion (versus having a second option).
Due to the bill’s initial approval, it will be forwarded to the Senate for further deliberation. It is equally possible for the bill to either be given the okay or denied based on what we have previously seen in the U.S. As of now, Utah is the only state where there is a “Free-Range Parenting” law set in place. Arkansas had also attempted a similar bill back in 2017 but was unsuccessful.
As a parent, it’s important to evaluate your child’s individual needs and abilities when deciding where and when they are safe to be left unsupervised (if at all) Do they know your work and cell phone numbers? Do they know who they can turn to in emergencies when you aren’t there? Laws vary by state (and country) so if you are unsure about where your place of residence stands on the issues, be sure that you are up to date with any current laws.
What do you think about SC’s Free Range Parenting Bill? Do you think it will pass or not? Let me know in the comments below.