Walking home from school - at what age?

June 14, 2010 2:37pm CST
Although my daughter has a few years yet before she starts school, myself and my friend were discussing the topic of at what age would a parent allow their child to walk home from school alone. Obviously things all depend upon how the child is and also how far away from home their school is though I wondered what other peoples views on this is.
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@kaka135 (13989)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 10
I am not sure how old I will let my kids walk to school. It really depends on themselves, the distance from school, and also the security. I never walk to school, as my schools were always about 30 minute drive from my home. I used to walk about 10 minutes to a bus stop to take bus every Saturday, together with my friends when I was 10 years old. But, as I have moved to the city now, and also the security is not that good as the old days, so I am not sure if I will let my kids walk to school. Also, I don't think there is any school near by too, they might need to take bus to the schools next time.
@ellie333 (21029)
14 Jun 10
Hi Elfbwillow, I walked to school on my own from the age of 5 but just had to walk a small distance andthere was a crossing lady by the school, these days that is far too young and I take and collectmy 6 year old each day. I think for me I would look at how mature an invidual child is butmy guessimateas to when I will ley my child walk alone will be 9 or 10. Huggles. Ellie :D
14 Jun 10
I think I was about 10 when my mum let me walk home from school with my younger sister though we had to just walk up a hill and on the way past my nans house and she alsways looked out for us. I saw a young girl walking home from school on her own by a busy main road the other day and she didnt look more than perhaps 6! I really couldnt let my daughter walk home at that age especially next to a busy main road
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@ellie333 (21029)
14 Jun 10
That is far too young these days not just the danger of the roads either eh! My space bar not working too well in case you hadn't noticed lol
@katsmeow1213 (29029)
• United States
14 Jun 10
My son was walking to and from school when he was 8. It wasn't far at all, and we lived in a good neighborhood, so I wasn't worried. A friend of his in the same grade was not allowed to walk to school alone. His parents would walk him, or he could walk with my son. His parents were so nervous for his safety they bought him a cellphone before finally letting him walk alone once he entered middle school. Each parent is different, and each child is different. It would be a different age for each individual situation. My twins are entering 3rd grade in the fall.. same age as my oldest was when he began walking to school alone. I would not trust the twins to walk without me.. especially with each other. They'd mess around too much.
18 Jun 10
I think that is the main thing - depending on whether the child can be trusted or not and making the decision when the time comes. The hard thing I think would be the 'my friends are all doing it so why cant I?' line. I hope that I wont be too overprotective though also wont allow my daughter to go it alone before I feel she is ready just because of the pressures from other children being allowed
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
14 Jun 10
I biked to school at six years old, but that was over ten years ago, and I lived in a small town.
18 Jun 10
Times certainly have changed over the years and I think parents are much more cautious about the dangers now.
@natnickeep (2340)
• United States
14 Jun 10
This question really depends on lots of things. It depends on the things you mentioned plus your area, your comfort, your instinct. I let my 9 year old daughter walk home from the bus stop. It's around the corner..just out of sight. I go to the porch to assist her across the street. Watch and nod when to cross. Even though our street isn't very busy.
14 Jun 10
I think when the time is right that is one thing I'll do at main roads if possible.
@qisyaz (40)
• Singapore
26 Jun 10
I started going back from school by myself was when i was 9 years old. My older brother showed me the way during the first few weeks after that i went back either on my own or with few of my friends and my mother will time to see what time should i reach home.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Jun 10
As long as we continue to live in the house that we currently own. it won't be an issue about what age my children should be allowed to walk home alone at because we don't live close enough to any of the schools for the children to be allowed to walk. My daughter has just finished first grade and about a month into the school year I started allowing her to walk home from the bus stop without me. However, she wasn't totally alone because there were five other kids that live on our street. If she was completely alone, I would have met her at the bus stop every single day.
@karen1969 (1788)
23 Jun 10
My daughter started walking to and from school by herself or with a friend from Year 6, when she was 10 or 11 years old. However, we only live round the corner from the primary school with one small road to cross, so it was nice and near for us.