latchkey child


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a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)

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Now, the Video Doorman System has been enhanced with several new features, including forced entry notification, door ajar notification and latchkey child notification to parents when their children come home from school.
But eight-year-old Clement Lewy lives "an interesting life, a life perhaps like an unmixed batter--lumpy, vaguely disheveled." Clement, a latchkey child whose "mother has grown listless since her husband deserted her," nevertheless
Latch as verb means "To close or lock with or as if with a latch," and a latch is "a fastening, as for a door or gate, typically consisting of a bar that fits into a notch or slot and is lifted from either side by a lever or string." From this arose latchkey (1825) and -- just 50 years ago -- latchkey child, sometimes called doorkey child, the socioeconomic label for "a young child of working parents who must spend part of the day unsupervised (as at home) -- called also latchkey kid" (Merriam-Webster's 10th).
The tape begins in an average neighborhood where a latchkey child is home alone.
Now, the Video Doormana System has been enhanced with several new features, including forced entry notification, door ajar notification and latchkey child notification to parents when their children come home from school.