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    Default "Spin off" at what age would you let your kids

    Go to the local park alone?
    My 10 year old niece rides down to the local park with her friends sometimes ( started a few months ago) and I would like to think I would allow DS to do the same around age 10 - ( 5th class) when did you let your kids go to the local park or shops by themselves or what age will you? ( is there a "right" age?)

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    Depends on the distance. Our local shops are 3km from our house and the closest park is about 1.5km away. My daughter is 2 so I haven't thought about these things but I don't think I'd let a 10 year old do it based on my distances. Maybe 12 for the park and 14 for the shops. If the park was at the end of my street, I think 9-10 would be ok as long as they understand road safety and undesirable people who could be hanging around.

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    No right age in my books.

    All six of in would have been at different ages due to their personalities.
    My local park in 10 minute drive away so it's not even a option. We tend not to go off on our own much or even leave them at home alone. It's just not how our family works.

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    I don't think there is a "right" age. It's all dependent on the area and the child themselves. When at my parents DS (10, nearly 11) has been allowed to go to the park at the end of their street with his cousins (he was 8 the first time we let this happen and his older cousins were there). Here, he's not allowed to go down the park near our house. It's not because I don't trust him at all. He's a pretty sensible kid and wouldn't go into the creek (like his friends do) and would steer clear of anything that looks out of the ordinary. He certainly isn't a risk taker either. I did put a stop to him wandering around the street with his friends because there is an old factory that backs onto the street and the other 2 have been caught in there breaking windows and what not. He is allowed to go to their houses though. There is a playground being build at the other end of the park but it's right next to the main road so I'll just have to wait and see if I'm ok with him going on his own. At this stage, no.

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    My gut instinct says never.

    That probably wont bode well. So i'll assess it when it becomes a possibility.

    How old was daniel morcombe got taken? 13?

    Not before 13.

    (I dont care if i'm judged)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    My gut instinct says never.

    That probably wont bode well. So i'll assess it when it becomes a possibility.

    How old was daniel morcombe got taken? 13?

    Not before 13.

    (I dont care if i'm judged)
    I am with you. My kids are with most of the time. It's just the way we live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    My gut instinct says never.

    That probably wont bode well. So i'll assess it when it becomes a possibility.

    How old was daniel morcombe got taken? 13?

    Not before 13.

    (I dont care if i'm judged)
    I was going to bring up poor Daniel in the original thread but thought I would cop flack. Totally get your pov!

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    Depends on their personality, the park, the surrounding etc

    But my guess would be sometime between 7 and 10yo.

    I sure won't base my decision on famous "dramas". Otherwise I would never leave my own house let alone my kids. Ever.

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    Daniel's story plays on every parents mind I'm sure. But now you also have William's story and he was right outside the house. I've always thought I was over protective of DS but hearing stories like that makes me feel better about it. When we lived in Brisbane we lived on a corner block with only a low line wire fence. DS was 2-3 and very chatty with absolutely anyone so I wouldn't let him out in the yard (one big yard) by himself at all. Moved to NSW south coast and I was happy for him to play out the back by himself because it was fully fenced and he couldn't open it but he still wasn't allowed down the front by himself. Here, he can play out the front but he's not to leave the driveway at all. He's freaking out about catching the bus alone to high school next year and just quietly, so am I.

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    My 11.5yo and 9 are allowed to go the nearby park on their own. They ride or walk to/from school and the local shops unsupervised. My 9 yo and a bunch of other local boys age 9-12 go to a local skate park together - the rule is they stay together and come home on time (up to an hour). I realize I operate at the "free-range" end of the spectrum, but feel they are well equipped to deal with most situations. I dont want to cloister them on the miniscule chance of something horrific happening. There has to be a balance
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