I have always heard so much 'stranger danger' that I was stressing whenever any person would talk to me/DS.
Turns out they are pretty much all lovely older people with grandkids/wanting grandkids and seeing kids makes them happy.
My 5yo regularly goes to the park with my 11yo (very close to home) They also go riding their bikes/scooters around the block and ride to school unsupervised daily. I have zero concerns about it. The traffic is minimal, the suburb is a safe one, we have a set of rules they abide to (checking in regularly, not going into friends houses, walking bikes across certain roads etc)..there are no more pedophiles or murderers in the area than there was when I was a kid and did the same thing... I would rather them be out riding and playing outdoors than cooped up inside watching tellie
I remember walking home from primary school, usually in a pack of 4 & there used to be a 'dodgy car' that would sometimes follow us. We knew stranger danger, the Neighbourhood watch houses plus half the other kids homes along the way. So there were risks back then too. But we knew enough about what to do if something happened.
We were also attacked by teenage kids once & dealt with it well I think. And then our parents found them & threatened them! Ah, the 80's!
Im thinking 10, based on seeing my niece & nephew ages, but I only have younguns so might be different by then.
But I see lots of very young kids at the park in country towns when we holiday. It's different in smaller, more familiar communities.
Slightly off topic but are Safety Houses still a thing??
I think letting kids go to the park alone is a judgement call to be made on each individual situation.
I have let my kids go to the park unsupervised (they had to go together, I wouldn't let one child go by themselves) from the day we moved into this house. They were aged between 3 and 10. We back onto the park and all they had to do was walk out of our jungle of a yard and jump a small narrow creek that is mostly just a puddle. I can see them from our yard and hear them from the house. They were completely safe.
They wouldn't have been allowed to do this if we lived in a dodgy area or they had to cross a busy road.
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