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    Default Unsupervised at the park. What age?

    Is it normal or odd for two boys aged 9 (almost 10) and 6 (maybe almost 7) to be at their local playground and shops unsupervised? I actually knew the older boy and was quiet surprised when he rode his bike in on his own (with the other boy). Maybe because my boy is 5, I can't imagine being out on his own in 4 years!

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    The kids I look after (10 and 8) play at the park by themselves.

    You can see them from the kitchen window though.

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    My niece ( age 10 - year 5) rides to the local park ( 3 streets away) with her friends the same age so I think that's normal but I think 6 is too young

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    Odd depends on where you live. I would think it's not that uncommon. Here it pretty normal amongst a certain group of community but it not uncommon to see them still out on their bike at 9 or 10 with no lights or helmets.

    My kids well no way in freaking he'll would that be okay.

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    Ok thanks.
    Yeah I thought 6 was young too. He did look more like 8 though.
    I don't want my little boy to grow up!

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    I think its too young. That said when I was 10 I'd happily spend all day riding my bike around the local streets unsupervised. But I grew up in a small community where everyone knew everyone else.

    I always thought my parents were over protective. Turns out they weren't, but I sure am. There's been too many near misses in my area.

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    my Kid is nearly 9 - and asks me every time if she can go to the park by herself.

    several friends live not far from parks and are allowed to go by themselves - but we live across a major road, so DD is not allowed.

    I do let her walk up to the deli by herself, and other stuff - its not that far away.

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    In the street we're in there are 2 other kids around DS's age (10). The boy and his older brother are allowed to ride around in the street but not to leave the street. It's much the same for the girl too. DS and her are often wandering between the 2 houses. As for going to the park...there is a playground being build attached to the park land at the end of the street (it's a long cul-de-sac with a 90 turn in the road) but it's pretty close to the main road. We don't let DS walk the dog alone down in the park because a few unsavoury types hang around the creek drinking at what not so I'm not sure about him going to the playground by himself just yet.

    I grew up in Canberra and we were forever riding around or at the playground behind our house. As long as we let Mum and Dad know where we were going and were back before dark they weren't too fussed. It was considered a rough area but we never had any problems.

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    Depends on the kids. Depends on the area.
    Too many variables.

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    It's a bit young... I'm not convinced a10 year old would know how to handle a risqué situation, especially if it involved a convincing character.

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