The 12-year-old next door seems so nice and responsible. You find yourself thinking: she’d make a great babysitter.
Maybe—but maybe not.
Researchers from Penn State Hershey Medical Center surveyed 727 11- to 13-year-olds who had cared for younger children, to see how much they knew about safety. Forty percent had left a child unattended—and twenty percent had opened the door to a stranger.
The next-door neighbor is looking a lot less appealing all of a sudden, huh?
To be fair, you could spin it that more than half didn’t leave children unattended, and eighty percent knew not to open the door to a stranger. And there were other findings that were actually pretty encouraging. …