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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Base officials want to remind parents about the rules for child supervision, according to a base paper report.

Air Wing Instruction 20-201, The Care and Supervision of Minors, dictates the supervision of minors; violators can face charges of child neglect, according to the report.

According to Table 1 of the AWI, the following rules apply:

• WALKING TO SCHOOL — Children under 5 years old cannot walk to or from school unattended; 6-year-olds must be in at least the first grade.

• BABY-SITTING — Children must be at least 12 years old before they’re allowed to baby-sit.

• UNATTENDED IN CAR (without someone 15 years or older) — Children under 5, never; not to exceed five minutes with keys removed for children 6 to 9; not to exceed 20 minutes with keys removed for children 10 to 11; 12 years and above, no restrictions.

• UNATTENDED IN QUARTERS — Never for children 9 years and younger; no more than four hours for 10- to 11-year-olds; no restrictions for ages 12 and older.

• UNATTENDED IN QUARTERS (adult on vacation or temporary duty) — Never for ages 14 and below; OK for ages 15 and above.

• UNATTENDED OUTSIDE (included play areas) — Never for children 5 and under.

Dr. Wilma Greenfield, 374th Airlift Wing family advocacy outreach manager, said child neglect is a form of child abuse, according to the report.


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