This is what your child should be doing at each age - including tying their laces and having Facebook

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A new survey has revealed that parents have a clear idea of when their children 'should' be reaching certain milestones.

The survey of 2,000 mums and dads found that kids should be allowed pocket money at nine, start putting their own clothes in the wash at eight and be old enough to have a Facebook account at 14.

Youngsters are also considered mature enough to walk to school alone and have their own mobile phone at 12 years of age.

The research, commissioned by My Nametags, manufacturer of durable sticker and iron-on labels, found 70 per cent believe privileges are granted too soon nowadays.

Lars B. Andersen of My Nametags, said: “The survey just goes to show some of the many intricacies of being a parent.

“Of course, every child is different and may be able to do things or take on certain responsibilities later or earlier than our results show.

“However, it’s fascinating to get some indication of when mums and dads will typically allow or expect their kids to do certain things.”

These are they key findings but what do you think?

AGE OF EXPECTATION – A TIMELINE:

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

MOVIES:

Watch 12 certificate movies alone – 12 years old

Watch 15 certificate movies alone – 14 years old

Watch 18 certificate movies alone – 16 years old