Driving home from work  

1playfulgal 39F
7112 posts
5/17/2005 10:02 pm

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Driving home from work

On my drive home from work there was a little girl walking by herself...school had just been let out and i assume she was walking home from school...This little girl stopped as i passed her and waved to me...She could not have been older than grade 1 or possibly even kindergarten...

In this day and age how old do you think children should be before they should be allowed to walk home from school by themselves...even if is only a couple of blocks...

Seeing this little girl walking by herself disturbed me and i pulled over and watched her in my rearview mirror until i saw her enter her house...

Incidentally this house she went into was about a kilometer from the school...

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
5/18/2005 6:45 am

10 is the appropriate age they can walk home Unsupervised, well that's what it is here....although my step daughters been doing it since she was six and we suspect earlier even...which is why we gave her a mobile phone. particularly as she was being left home alone for a couple of hours every afternoon locked out of the house and told to play in the backyard til they got home.

Starting this term here, she collects her sister from the preschool after school now and brings her home as the 3 return trips a day were too much for the younger ones, was a while before we let them do that though, and it is only on condition they behave and SD keeps her mobile phone switched on and calls if they are delayed at all....The girls I think like feeling they are growing up, and taking some responsibility.

mind you they only walk across a cricket oval and about 200m up a road to get home....here at least she has a key to the house just in case anything should ever happen, but she hasn't yet had cause to use it.

It really got up my goat actually, her mum was having her walk about 2 km to school, they were actually living outside the schools enrolment zone. There is no reason children so young should be walking such a distance, and particularly not unsupervised....


wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
5/18/2005 6:49 am

Oh incidently here, children in Transition, year one and preschool cannot leave their class unless accompanied by an Adult or prior arrangements have been made with the teacher, but they will not let them simply walk out the door.......

First time they walked home on their own Boney was outside the school watching to make sure they behaved themselves, but they hadn't come out of the preschool, the teacher wouldn't let them both leave without first calling me and making sure it was alright. lol she had a good chuckle once I told her where their dad was, although was mindful not to let them know where dad was!


rm_pgthkck4u 47M
115 posts
5/18/2005 2:14 pm

With the amount of predators lurking around nowadays I would have to say 12-13 and not without a cell phone and bear spray.

cajunpet 70M
1185 posts
5/18/2005 7:08 pm

I do not think any girl or boy is safe, especially if they are by themselves. In the United States the child can be taken away from the parents for child neglect and endangerment, if reported to child welfare.

Some predators like younger children, while other like teenagers. You can never be too safe now a days. When I was a child we never had to lock the doors to the house.

The child should have a key to the house, or have a neighbor to watch the child.

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
5/19/2005 4:46 pm

Cajun and pq one thing I will correct you on, and that is predators, it is LEAST likely that a child will be abducted or abused/attacked by someone they don't know, a child is at most risk from those they are familiar with!

Child predators is one thing I do know about.

10 Years of age, is the standard set by the Australian Government as recommended to parents.


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