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Walking to school on their own is a big step for children. However, with all the police warnings on the risks involved, when do you think parents should let their child walk to school alone? How old is old enough for a child to have this independence?

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It depends on how far from the house to school. Still, I think 10 or 12 is mature enough to walk out unsupervised.
They need to be towards the end of primary school. I think ages 11-12 onwards. They're mature enough to start fending for themselves.
Because I have worked inside jails and know too well about this kind of crime, I will say that today, it is not safe...really.
Maybe boys say 14 onwards.
Girls, never... each time a girl walks the street alone, she is a walking target.
It only takes that one car with a couple of guys in it to pull over, she is gone.
It may not happen too often, but once it does...it could be any child or young teenager.If a teenage girl has to walk she should be with at least 1-2 other girls.(So that they can write down the car & make and number plate).There is no easy way around this,a child having independence in 2014...is not like 1970.I'm sorry to say.
Absolutely correct.
by fran.
I have noticed that in Australia, school buses are not the norm, whereas in Canada and US, school buses really help the parents out. I tend to agree with parents who are saying that walking alone is not a good idea. Maybe if there were a bunch of students walking to school together, I would let mine go. Having said that, I see little children, aged 7 and 8 walking or riding to school every morning.
I would say by 12 they should be ok, depending on the distance needed to travel.

My daughter started walking to school a the age of 7. She always walked to school with a friend but often walked home alone. This was in England
always arrange for the child to be in the company of a friend who has kids at the same school if they walk home. Apart from the safety factor it is proved that kids aren't street smart until they are over the age of 12.
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