Back to school: Is your child ready to be left home alone after school?

PEORIA, AZ - The first day of school is just around the corner for thousands of students in the Valley.

We're asking, how do you decide whether your child is ready to be left home alone after school.

Police say there's no specific age that determines if you can leave your child at home. It comes down to your judgment.

There are several factors you should consider, including the maturity level of your child, how long he or she would be left alone and if the child will be responsible for supervising younger children.

Police recommend you actually test your kids by asking them some questions before deciding.

Here are some questions to ask, provided by Peoria Police:

Question #1:

You're home alone and a stranger calls asking to speak to mom or dad. What do you say?

Answer: Mom and dad are busy. Can I have your number so they can call you back?

This is a good time to remind your kids never to tell anyone they're home alone.

Question #2:

When you get home from school, you don't have your key in your pocket. What should you do?

Answer: Ask for help from a neighbor you know and call your parents so they know where you are.

Question #3:

The doorbell rings and a man says he has a delivery for your parents. What do you do?

Answer: Ask him to leave it on the front porch. Tell him your mom is busy and can't come to the door.

Question #4:

You are playing on the front lawn and a stranger drives by very slowly and tries to talk to you. What do you do?

Answer: Go into the house, lock the doors and look through the window. If the car doesn't leave, call 9-1-1 and tell the operator exactly what you saw.

Try to remember the color of the car and what the driver looked like. Also, try to remember the license plate number.

And now we have a question for you to ask yourself before you leave your kids home alone after school.

"If I was hiring a babysitter, would I hire my own kid?" If the answer is "no" police say they shouldn't be left alone.

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