Too late for a 4 year old?

@missybear (11396)
United States
July 8, 2010 6:28am CST
You all probably heard the story on the News about the 4 year old girl being abducted in front of her house....she's been found and is back home. She was playing outside her home with her 5 year old brother at 8pm and obviously without super vision. I don't have children but I think 8 o'clock in the evening is a little late for a 4 year old to be playing outside. What's you opinion?
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@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
9 Jul 10
her parents are lucky to find her again. yes 8pm is too late for a 4 year old to be playing outside. with or without supervision. i don't know with other moms. but i'm a bit paranoid when it comes to my kid. i always tell myself i'll go crazy if anything bad every happens to my child...and i might never be able to forgive myself.
• Egypt
9 Jul 10
thx
@missybear (11396)
• United States
9 Jul 10
It was really a dumb thing to do. My parents never let me play alone outside. I had a pretty cur-view when I was a kid
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
8 Jul 10
Hi missy, some parents are too lackadaisical about their wards. What a 4 year or 5 year old child would know what could come upon them being outside home so late in the evening? This is the duty of the parents they they are vigilant and make sure that children are inside home when it is time. Yes 8 O'clock is too late for such little kids. Thank God that the child was finally found.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
8 Jul 10
It could have had a bad ending. I hope there parents learned there lesson.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
9 Jul 10
If not learned yet they should take the issue seriously and reflect upon it.
@brylle454 (608)
• Philippines
8 Jul 10
Wow, when i was that age, im not even aloud to roam outside at 5 pm. Its really late for a 4 year old, especially without guidance or supervision.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
8 Jul 10
I had to be home every night for dinner till I was 16.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
8 Jul 10
By the way dinner was at 7pm
@Bebs08 (10690)
• United States
13 Jul 10
I agree that 8pm is too late for little kids to be outside the house specially if the neighborhood is not safe. What is happening why the kids are still out that late in the evening? That is suppose to be bedtime for kids like that age? I figured, the parents are so busy with their own thing forgetting that they have little kids to attend to. Am sure the parents learned great lessons from that experience.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
25 Jul 10
You would think they did. I'm in bed by 8pm myself.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
11 Jul 10
I think that is a bit late to be outside for a child that young. There are things that can be done on some occasions to keep a child safe that often times are just not really thought about until the moment is gone. I have never been comfortable with letting a small child like that play outside alone. Not because of the chance they would get stolen as much as the chance that they might get hurt. Being stolen would be just an added worry.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
25 Jul 10
Some people just shouldn't have kids at all.
• Philippines
9 Jul 10
4 and 5 year old kids playing outside home at 8 p.m. without supervision? I wonder what their parents could have been doing or thinking! Those kids are still babies and there should be someone keeping eyes on them. I have a nephew who is almost 8 years old now. He is a bright boy but still he's not allowed to go out of the house on his own. How much more play outside as late as 8 p.m.? :-)
@missybear (11396)
• United States
25 Jul 10
I know my parents were pretty strickt about that. I had to be home by 7pm till I was 16.
• Canada
9 Jul 10
A 4 year old should never be playing unsupervised. Let alone outside at 8pm at night. Now I don't have kids but most mothers I know have their toddlers in bed asleep by that time at night. I'm glad the little girl was found, but hopefully her aprents will learn to keep a better eye on her
@missybear (11396)
• United States
9 Jul 10
You would think they would. When I was 4 years old I was in bed by that time
• Australia
9 Jul 10
I wouldn't mind so much if she was playing in the backyard and I would have been out there with her anyway but I think it is wrong that both the kids were playing out front with no supervision at all. You can't leave kids alone in the front yard anything can happen.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
9 Jul 10
It's way too scary now a days for just about anybody. I hope they think twice about leaving them outside again all alone.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
9 Jul 10
Hi, missybear. I am glad that she is back at home safe and sound. Praise God! That is too late of a time to be playing outside, especially without an adults' supervision. I don't let my kids play outside at home around this time at all. We may walk the track at the park. But that is only when my husband is with us. Or if I am with them as well. This can be around 8 or past 8. But just playing outside, no way... The kids at this apartment complex play outside at 8 and past 8. I am assuming that, an adult is outside with them during this time. Especially, if it is not dark outside. I think that the parents should be grateful that this child is back at home and alive. This was a close call, I mean I very close one. I am glad that she is alive and well.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
9 Jul 10
There are so many kids playing outside my complex too but I never see any adults. I'm in bed already and they still outside.
• United States
9 Jul 10
Yeah thats pretty late...its ok if there in your backyard in the area I live in...but out in the front yard...by yourself with no supervision? That's pretty crazy for a 4 year old.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
9 Jul 10
Hopefully they won't do it again
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Hi missy! I would have to agree with you that 8:00PM is too late for a 4 year old to outside playing, especially without an adult right there to supervise! How could these parents leave a 5 year old alone with a 4 year old and even take their eyes off them for a minute, especially at that time of night where they were obviously close enough to the street for the child to be kidnapped! I hope that these parents have learned a lesson! They are lucky that their child was returned unharmed! This story could have ended really terribly and thank God it didn't!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
9 Jul 10
I'm not a parent but even I know better not to leave children especially that young run around by themselves.
@marianne87 (3526)
8 Jul 10
I wouldn't allow my kids (5 and 3) to play outside unsupervised at ANY time. As far as I'm concerned, if I can't see them, I can't be sure they are safe. You don't know what type of people might come by, or even if they will stay on the pavement and not go into the road while playing. My children are allowed to play in the back garden where I can see them, and there is no way for them to wander off or for anyone else to get in, but never in the street or front garden!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
8 Jul 10
I don't understand what they were thinking, especially in front right by the road
@oldchem1 (8144)
8 Jul 10
I certainly wouldn't be happy at a 4 and 5 year old playing outside at that time of night. i am glad that on this occassion the little girl was found afe and sound, thank goodness, but it could have been so very much worse.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Somebody took her and let her go 70 miles from there hometown. That's why you should keep an eye on your children when they outside