When Do You Let Your Grade Schooler Walk Home From School Alone?

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
When Do You Let Your Grade Schooler Walk Home From School Alone?
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Tue, 07-19-2011 - 11:42am

http://www.ivillage.com/what-age-can-kids-walk-home-alone/6-a-365394

Most of us were horrified when we heard the story of the 8 year little boy from Brooklyn.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006

I let Tyler and Kristen walk home from school when they were 8 and 9, but they weren't completely alone.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-01-2011
We live too far from the school to really walk but, if we lived closer, I would say maybe 9 years old. There are so many kids who live close by and walk that they would always be in a group. If I lived somewhere more dangerous that age would increase quite a bit.
Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006

That's what I did. Although the article says 10 or 11, I think it all depends on where you live.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-08-2011
My oldest son has been asking to ride his scooter to school for about a year (he's now 10). We are in a busing area so it is quite a walk. I was starting to consider it but he'd be alone and this story was just another reminder (or scare?) that you can never be too careful. I think I'll be continuing to drive him or he'll take the bus. You just can never be too safe!
Faith

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.~ Dr Seuss

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006

It is so scary these days.