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    Default Leaving kids alone in park

    The below story has got me thinking

    At what age would you leave your kids alone in a public park for 15 minutes?

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-1...10?pfmredir=sm

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    When I saw this on the news I was like what the. We have a park a few doors down and i won't let my 9yr old go there to play by himself. He walks to his grandparents through the park to their house but i can watch him the entire way until he gets to their door. As for the age I honestly don't know it's not like when we were kids anymore you just don't know who's out there.


    The fact this mum thought it was ok, she must have rocks in her head. The fact they went wandering to another family members house but that member didn't alert the police until this morning? Also what if one of them where seriously injured aswell but could of happened. Some parents will never learn and some just shouldn't be parents

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    I think they said on the news tonight their dad had them the whole time?
    Regardless I think 4 is way too young but my nieces have ridden to the local park by themselves since 5th class ( I think they were 11) which is when they walked to and from the station to get to school by themselves so I'd day probably around that age for DS

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    So why did the dad not tell the mum!? It's hard to know what age is appropriate as every kid is different but I'm thinking 9/10 is an okay age but only if it's a gated playground.

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    Probably not until 12-13yo, and only if they were with a friend/sibling and had a mobile phone. I know most people will think I'm a helicopter parent, but Daniel Morcombe's story has really stuck with me. I just couldn't do it.

    No way would I leave a 10 & 4yo!

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    My daughter is 11 and that seems to be the age most parents are happy to let them go to the park without parents. But she has a phone.

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    I would say around about 10-11, depending on the child. But no way would I leave a 10 year old with a younger child such as a 4 year old, the kids would all have to be at least 10, unless there was a significantly older child - say 15 or 16 - who was able and willing to be put in a position to 'babysit' younger ones.

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    I think we started at 10...but not with younger siblings in tow. In saying that our local park is well used by the community and you never go there without knowing someone...so my kids could get help easily if need be. We are close to the park, too...they'd go for an hour or so and we'd check on them every 15-20 minutes.

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    I just had flashbacks... I remember being allowed to roam on my bike to a nearby park (1 km away) and beyond for hours on end when I was ....7!!!!! I remember finding drugs in the bushes once and being with a bunch of local kids when we ended up on some freeway and we had no idea where we were. And then getting in trouble for arriving home late.

    In summary I am not sure what age I will let me kids go to the park alone but it sure as hell won't be before 8!!

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    @VicPark I was a ridiculously early waker when I was 5 / 6 and my parents used to let me roam our neighbourhood so long as I was quiet. I would head off around 5 am in my pj's every Sunday morning (that was the only day) for hours. I'd come home at 7 as the rest of my family was getting up. I would have been around 5. I remember it so clearly


 

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