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    Default What do you think of charging parents for leaving children unattended in cars, shops?

    There have been two cases reported in the Courier-Mail this week:

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226355243551#

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226356610929

    I think a warning from the police would have sufficed, in the circumstances.

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    I think it's a case of using commonsense. Leave baby in HOT car - no. Leave older child in air conditioned car, whatever. There's no more danger to an older child in a car than them being at the other end of the house. No wonder so many kids are messed up, nobody trusts them even for a few minutes.

    I remember choosing to stay in the car rather than go in with my mum to look at craft The thought of me being 9/10 years old and left in the car for 10 minutes and mum being charged back then is laughable.

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    Honestly I think it's ridiculous...a man let his 11 year old son go and buy himself lunch when they were moving and the kid got lost...ok so the kid got lost and he had help to find his dad. What more to it is there? I consider myself a helicopter parent but would have no trouble telling my 11 year old to run in to a shopping centre and buy themselves some sushi for lunch.

    The car park one...I'm not a fan of leaving kids in the car but I don't see the issue with leaving a 10 year old in the car with a 5 and 3 year old when the car is locked and the a/c is on and it was for 10 minutes. My niece is 10 and she would be fine to look after her 3 year old brother if they had to get out of the car for whatever reason and go in to a grocery shop and find their mum. She's not even an overly mature 10 year old.

    So yeah, it's all a bit over the top for me, especially the 11 year old...the car park incident I can kind of understand because a 5 and 3 year old were involved but I still think it's excessive and ridiculous.
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    Omg are they serious??!!!! So now if a kid gets lost in a supermarket or shop we can be charged???? Wth is next???

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    What is wrong when we have a system which wants to make laws about all the little daily decisions parents have to make. If parents can't be trusted to use common sense and their best judgement something is wrong. I know my kids well enough to know what they can and can't handle. I read situations and make a choice that feels right.

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    I think its ridiculous. I've been flamed on here for my free-range parenting style enough times to know I'm in the minority though.

    I had people basically calling me neglectful for admitting to leaving the kids in the car outside a corner store to run in and get milk (car in full view of store etc) or to pick up takeaway-things that LITERALLY take me away from the (visible) car for 2-3 mins!

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    I'm still thinking what my opinion is I'm just not really sure.

    One thing that did strike me though was the bit at the end concerning Qld law -
    Under Queensland law, it is illegal to leave a child under 12 unattended for an unreasonable time without making reasonable provision for the supervision and care of the child
    I see plenty of under 12 yr olds walking to school, riding bikes around the neighbourhood, catching public transport to school etc and wonder how the law applies to them?

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    I agree that it's over the top - especially in the case of a 9yr old nipping in to get some food.

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    Hmmm, it's a tough one, obviously laws like these are implemented to 'protect' minors and tragically in the past there have been incidences where children have accidentally locked themselves in cars and perished.

    If anything untoward had happened to these children there would have likely been an outcry from the public as to the Mother being neglectful etc, etc and therefore the laws would have been touted etc.

    However, fortunately nothing untoward happened and the children were safe and sound, albeit for their Mother to suffer the distress of having been charged and taken to Court.

    I guess it's one of those 'case by case' basis things, but me personally, I just wouldn't risk it in the first place as sure enough the one time I did it, I know something untoward would probably happen or some over zealous member of the public would report.

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