Around here it's the norm for kids to walk alone from about grade 3, and for little kids to walk with older siblings from the end of prep.
It's interesting how people think big cities are dangerous and that there's less of a community here. It's in fact just the opposite. I can't move up on the Main Street without bumping into someone I know!
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05-08-2016 22:10 #21
05-08-2016 22:15 #22
My DDs came home from school the other day saying that they had been told if they are under 12 they can't walk home from school alone. Not sure what had bought that one.
I'm not sure what I think about it. I wouldn't let my DD9 walk home on her own, but DD12 I would definitely. But I would want her to let me know when she was leaving. Maybe I worry too much, I'm okay with that.
06-08-2016 06:12 #23Senior Member
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I grew up in a country town and was never allowed to walk to school until highschool...primary school was a 30 minute walk away along a highway with no one we knew walking along it.
My kids...living inner city...our school zone is small, which means we all know each other and there's kids walking to school in big groups, taking responsibility for younger siblings. My kids are far safer walking to school living inner city in 'this day and age' than I would have been walking to school in my country town in the 80's.
We also can't go up the main street without seeing someone we know!
06-08-2016 07:10 #24
If so, I'm not upset by the law, or these parents being charged 😕 I even said earlier that I don't agree with a 5 year old walking alone.
However, I do wonder if parents are being charged (generally speaking, not these parents in particular) for genuinely thinking they've made the right decision, rather than just because they're careless.
06-08-2016 07:23 #25
I wish I had more courage to let my kids "free range" a little more but when I think about really high profile Australian cases in the last ten years, I can't help but be a bit of a smother mother. My kids are 5 & 3 though so hopefully we'll work out a way to teach them some street smarts/self defence skills before they are teens wanting freedom.
06-08-2016 07:30 #26
The difference now is both of these incidents would have caused a social media frenzy. There's always been sickos and personally I'm a lot more worried about my children going on the internet unsupervised than walking to school in our town.
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13-08-2016 00:04 #27Junior Member
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Yes, I have lived in this town and while it was (and in some ways still is) a lovely little place there have been massive changes. It now has a much larger transient population, higher unemployment rates , a plummeting housing market and there has most definitely been a rise in drug-related crime, particularly ice.
The police officers in question are well-regarded members of the community who have the community's support.
It is also worth pointing out that this law is not something new that they cooked up, it was already in existence.
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