A Crown Heights mother expresses concern that too often parents don’t concern themselves with the safety and well-being of teenage girls who babysit their children in this op-ed submitted to CrownHeights.info:
Dear Crown Heights Parents,
My daughter is a local Crown Heights high school girl. She enjoys babysitting, and over the summer babysat just about every night.
Very often, even when she finished babysitting very late, like midnight or later, the parents thanked her and she was left to walk home alone. Often she was too embarrassed to ask for a walk or ride home and sometimes only one adult came home so she felt she couldn’t ask to be taken home.
She was in your home keeping your children safe. Please keep our babysitters safe as well.
Any time a babysitting job ends after 10 or 10:30 PM, please make sure to figure out a safe way for them to get home. They are high school girls and may say it is okay and they can go home alone, but it is not okay and they can’t go home alone.
IYH soon your children will be the ones babysitting, you would not want them walking home alone late at night.
A Concerned Mother