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@delina123 (2455)
Canada
October 26, 2006 12:58pm CST
How old should our children be to walk back and forth to school by themself
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8 responses
• United States
1 May 08
You got a lot of good answers here. I agree with the statement that it depends on the neighborhood as well as the child. I walked to school alone at a very young age, but I would never recommend that at all. Little children are very vulnerable to the bigger children. And, just because you send your older child and younger child out at the same time doesn't mean that they will watch out for the younger child, either. So, my answer would be if the child was responsible, the distance not far, or it was not on a busy street, that they should be at least 9 or 10. But, if they have to cross a lot of busy streets or they live in a bad neighborhood, I would suggest that a parent walk with them.
@delina123 (2455)
• Canada
21 Jul 08
I just stared leting my kids walk to by themself last year and one is in grade6 and the other is in grade3 but they walk together.
@ladygator (3468)
• United States
14 Nov 06
they start at 3rd or 4th grade here, but I live right behind the school. Any farther and I would freak out I think
@cwjian81 (109)
• Malaysia
14 Nov 06
start from kinder garden.
@GardenGerty (112466)
• United States
14 Nov 06
That all depends on the type of comunity you live in, and the maturity level they exhibit.How far do they need to walk. Are they trustworthy? Do they have any common sense? Are they the kind of kid who will talk to anyone? Some kids are not responsible enough even at 10. I let mine walk to and from kindergarten, but that was after a lot of practice walks. It was easier to turn my son, my oldest loose, than it was to let his sister be independent three years later--but to tell the truth, she was probably more cautious and dependable. It is that old gender thing.
@kevindb (274)
• United States
14 Nov 06
It depends on SOOOOOO many things. The child's maturity, distance to school, safety of the neighborhood. Minimum, I think 8 or 9 with a short walk, in a safe neighborhood and a mature child.
@fl0urish (5385)
• India
14 Nov 06
may be till 9-10
@carmat (2850)
• Canada
14 Nov 06
Everyone is different. I am VERY over protective of my kids. It would depend on the area, how busy the street are.
• United States
11 Nov 06
i think they shld b atleast 10