I agree with Anon.. Also each state has a specific set of laws.
I live in Texas and before I started leaving my oldest alone I double check my laws:
Although, there is no Texas law that defines a specific age at which a child may be left home alone, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding how closely to supervise a child, including:
*the age, emotional maturity and capability of the child;
*layout and safety of the home, play area, or other setting;
*neighborhood circumstances, hazards, and risks;
*the child's ability to respond to illness, fire, weather, or other types of emergencies; and
*whether the child has a mental, physical, or medical disability.
The number of children left unsupervised, the accessibility to other responsible adults, the length of time or frequency with which the child is left alone, and the child's knowledge of the parent's whereabouts are relevant as well
at 10:40 AM on Jan. 5, 2011