I got the exact same impression and I have had a similar experience in the parents room breastfeeding when a man came in and I thought "Oh gosh" but then I remembered that it isn't the ladies bathroom. Big Deal, it's not like she made a big issue out of it.
Anyway, my DS is only a baby so I have no idea when I'd let him into the men's loo alone. Not before 12 most likely. I don't know why other women have an issue with little boys in the ladies anyway? Honestly...
My DH was too scared to come into the parents room if there was any women feeding as he said he felt he was making people uncomfortable.
Not until high school! I would just keep using the disabled toilets.
While i agree with some of Tim Gill's theories not being overcautious with everything with children, this issue is not an urban legend.
My childhood friends brother was grabbed in a bathroom and forced into one of the stalls. It was after school in a shopping centre bathroom. He was lucky, another man came in and came to his aid, but he was only 11 (year 6) and terrified and this in turn caused him to have a lot of psychological problems later in life. This was 15 years ago now, but i would rather be overly cautious than take the risk. It does happen, probably more than people think. As said earlier, we know a police officer who told us it happens so much more than you'd imagine.
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