How old is old enough? Parents tell

Publish Date
Monday, 28 August 2017, 1:53PM

A recent survey of more than 2000 British parents has revealed the ages they think kids are ready for responsibility.

16 YEARS OLD

  • Have friends over when parents are away
  • Go out after dark

15 YEARS OLD

  • Listen to explicit songs
  • Go on a date
  • Buy their own clothes
  • Have a girlfriend or boyfriend round to visit
  • Drink energy drinks

14 YEARS OLD

  • Have Facebook
  • Have Snapchat
  • Go to town with friends
  • Have their own front door key
  • Have WhatsApp
  • Go to the cinema with friends

13 YEARS OLD

  • Be in the house alone
  • Go out on their own
  • Go to the shop on their own
  • FaceTime friends
  • Have a computer in their bedroom

12 YEARS OLD

  • Walk to school on their own
  • Surf the web alone
  • Own a mobile phone
  • Cycle to school
  • Play at the local park unsupervised
  • Have a laptop
  • Have an MP3 player 

11 YEARS OLD

  • Have a tablet device 
  • Have a TV in their bedroom 

10 YEARS OLD

  • Put the dishes away
  • Take care of their school uniform
  • Not to lose belongings
  • Understand the value of their possessions
  • Be allowed to choose what they wear
  • Have friends over for sleepovers
  • Go to friends for sleepovers
  • Fold-up clothes when they take them off
  • Get ready by themselves  

9 YEARS OLD

  • Lay the table
  • Start getting pocket money
  • Bath or shower without help

8 YEARS OLD

  • Tie their own shoelaces
  • Put their own clothes in the wash
  • Brush their teeth without help

7 YEARS OLD

  • Ride a bike

GOING TO BED

  • 8pm – eight years old
  • 9pm – ten years old
  • 10pm – 12 years old