Parents worry so much, especially when it comes to the safety and security of their children. One question that a lot of parents handle is how old kids should walk from school of their own. It’s still anxiety-inducing to think about your kids walking around without supervision.
So, when will they be ready?
According to the news, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are under investigation for a second time for allowing their children, age 6 and 10, to walk home alone from a neighborhood park.
Now the couple gained support on their views from the group Empower Kids Maryland, which take a stand and ask parents to let their children to walk home by themselves. This is what they called “free-range” parenting and now May 9 has been declared by those supporters as “Take your kids to the park…and let them walk home by themselves day.”
The Washington Post recently published an article that claimed that there has not been a safer time in America for children. The article cited child death rates are down significantly since 1935.
Judge Alex Ferrer named it ‘insane’ to publicize that children will be walking home from a park without supervision, expressing concern that this information could fall into the hands of the wrong people.
He added that he doesn’t see the need to hurry children’s freedom.
The question is, when will they be ready? Little by little, educate your child to the traffic infrastructure surrounding schools, such as sidewalks and crossing guards. Teach him/her to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings. Pick the safest route between home and school and practice walking it with your child until he/she can demonstrate traffic-safety awareness. And always remind your child not to speak to strangers.