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A child who arrives home after school, lets him/herself into the house—with a ‘latchkey’—and is unattended until the parents’ arrive from work
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latchkey child

Social medicine A child who arrives home after school, lets him/herself into the house–with a 'latchkey', and is unattended until the parents' arrive from work. Cf 'Supermom. '.
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The programme could see schools become community centres, ending the culture of "latchkey kids" returning to empty homes.
GenXers had a different experience: They were forced to fend for themselves, since many of them grew up as "latchkey kids" in homes where they made their own decisions at mealtimes, since their parents were away at work.
Cockett has been involved in youth work since she volunteered in a centre for latchkey kids as a 15-year-old in the late Seventies.
Growing up as "latchkey kids"--and with one-third of them from divorced families--today's young parents are eager to provide more stability for their brood.
This means many children are latchkey kids, unsupervised for many hours per week.
En route to proclaiming Eminem as fun for all ages, he offered this observation: "In a country in which broken homes, absentee parents, and latchkey kids are endemic to every social class, he can touch some of the hottest emotional buttons.
Residents can serve as reading tutors, or call latchkey kids when they're home alone, or even make and sell items (and either donate the proceeds to a charity or keep them).
Are these latchkey kids at risk for behavioral, emotional, or educational problems?
Selfishness, bitter family feuds, divorce, latchkey kids, affairs, drinks and drugs are the scourge of Britain today.
She points out that, "In many affluent communities with latchkey kids, drug use and other problems can be swept under the rug.