So, reading the bushfire thread...so many people are sitting there saying "the parents should have known where their 11 year old was"...and this has me scratching my head!
My DS will be starting high school when he is 11...he will be catching the bus too and from school. This is something we are working towards now.
You send your kids off to school...they walk too and from? From what age? If we lived close, it would be year 4 ish (so about 10).
Kids go to parks to play with their friends....or at least run where ever they like in a big park (ie I stay at a picnic table/supervising the little ones and they go off and play).
Play in the backyard at home without supervision.
Walk to and from activities...from age 10/11.
Do you really think you know exactly where they are when they are 11+. Do you really think you can account for their whereabouts at all times?