Utah passes America’s first ‘free-range parenting’ law
Utah is believed to be the first state to pass a “free-range parenting” bill, which will allow children to roam without supervision. It will take effect in May.
From Business Insider:
Children who live in Utah will soon be able to roam their neighborhoods without adult supervision.
The state is believed to be the first in the country to pass a “free-range parenting” bill, which will allow kids who display maturity to play outside and walk to school alone. The legislation will take effect on May 8.
Most U.S. states have neglect laws, which make it illegal to leave kids unsupervised “to the degree that the child’s health, safety, and well-being are threatened with harm.” Nineteen states specify when leaving a child unattended in a car is legal, and five states have laws that mandate what age a child can stay home alone.
Considered the opposite of helicopter parenting, “free-range parenting” refers to the belief that children should learn to function independently. Proponents of Utah’s bill say the parenting style encourages self-sufficiency in kids, while critics worry about safety.