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    What age did you allow your child to walk to and from school without a parent?

    According to google maps, our school is 450m away. Thinking about what age would be appropriate and would like to hear when others have let this happen.

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    My son is 9 and I walk him half way, across the busy roads so he doesn't have any roads to cross where I let him go alone from apart from the lolly pop lady. It's about 500m he does. I want to give him that independence but also make sure he is safe. With my dad is America for the next 2 weeks, I will be doing the same with walking home.

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    My DS is in Grade 1 and we've started talking about him walking to school next year. I'm planning on trialling a term or two with me walking on the opposite side of the street and then slowly reducing how far I walk. It's a similar distance to you, and there are loads of families we know who walk the same way, plus all the crossings have guards. He'll be around 7.5 when he will be allowed to walk alone. Probably only to school for quite a while- I wouldn't trust him yet to walk home instead of hanging out on the playground with his mates after school!

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    I think it depends on the roads that need to be crossed, if there are others walking to school at the same time, are there crossing guards etc.
    ******* used to have a great article on this...it's probably still around, but the recommendation was not before 9 due to the development of peripheral vision, and that age got older depending on the kinds of roads they needed to cross.
    ETA - apparently it's not okay to mention kid.spot here. Remove the full stop if you google for the article.
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    It may be an idea to call your local police station and ask their opinion. In the last town we lived in I would never have let my DD walk alone to and/or from school as there was a massive paedophile population and there had been many approaches to children walking home from school over the years. Also as the OP said, there is a recommended age that children should not cross roads by themselves - from my psych lecture back in the day I believe it's 10; about their ability to judge speed and distance.

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    Mine would have to be at least 10, but realistically won't be walking alone until high school age as we live 9min drive away from school on 80km/hr roads. High school will be closer though.

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    I didn't start walking to school on my own until I was in grade 5, but I wasn't within walking distance before then, so i don't know.. I guess it depends on the maturity of my boys at the time. We live 5 mins walk to the school right now and there's no roads to cross, so i think it's relatively safe, but by the time DS1 is old enough to walk on his own (I guess around age 7), his little brother will just be starting kindergarten so in any case I'll have to walk him.

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    Wasn't there a thread in here before about it being illegal to let kids walk alone to school before a certain age? I think there were parents in a country town who were in trouble with the police because of it??? Or am I imagining that thread?

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    Yes you're right @A-Squared in qld it's 12. Here was one of the articles;

    http://m.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/n...k-sch/3072828/


 

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