How old should a child be before they’re allowed to walk ALONE to and from school?
A Globe & Mail Editorial piece out in time for the first day of school suggests that when your kid turns SIX years of age, they should be allowed to set out on their own.
Adults today believe, thanks in part to urban legends and stories in the media, that kids are being grabbed off the streets by strangers left, right and centre.
Statistics do not support this theory. Only one in 1.5 milliom children is abducted by a complete stranger in the U.S. every year, and the numbers are even lower for our great nation. You children stand a better chance of being snatched up by a vengeful ex-spouse or deranged family member than a complete unknown.
Will you do it this school year? Will you let your child walk the kilometre or so to school and back without your direct supervision? What would you do if you saw a neighbour or friend’s young child making the journey alone?
Read the entire Globe & Mail entry HERE.