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We live only a short distance to school, probably only 600 meters but is around the block where he needs to cross the road at the School Crossing. I have allowed my son to ride his bike to school while i walk, he puts the bike away and i meet him at his classroom to give him his bag. But i know he has made it safely. My son who is only 6 wants to be allowed to walk to school by himself. But i think its too young to let him. My daughter will be starting prep next year and i have told him i am going to be walking her to school next year. I also like that sometimes when i drop him off the teacher tell me how he is progressing at school as he has a few issues which he is getting help with. What age do you think its ok to let him go by himself?

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Posted by mom56312, 12th May 2015

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  • My oldest two were at high school (12 going on 13) before I felt really comfortable, and I still look out for them when they are walking home. My youngest – maybe never!

  • High school

  • If he didn’t he to cross a road he’d probably be fine. We were allowed at 10 to cross roads by ourself. You’ll know if your son watches out for cars or is still a bit unaware. Walking his sister to school next year might provide some responsibility to help with awareness! You could do the first term with them and shown him everything he needs to look out for.

  • I would talk to the school as they may have their own policy on it. For my son’s school for them to walk/ride/scoot to school without supervision they have to be in Grade 3 (about age 9-10) and the school must be notified so they can notify the parent as soon as kid doesn’t turn up.
    Are there other families/school friends who live/walk near your place? If so, maybe they could walk with him. We have a school family who live near us and once my son is older enough he will walk with them to school as well as our neighbours kid.

  • I think you have to follow your instincts. When my sons first started walking to school (which is quite a bit further than your son has to go) I followed in the car on my way to work. I think my eldest son might have been grade 4.

  • No, I would not let him go to school on his own. He has to cross the road. Even if there is a monitored crossing I would not let him go alone. If he has issues that are notices by other pupils there is more risk of him being bullied. You obviously have a good agreement with his teacher and get progress reports which in your case is very important. They say children at that age tend to have tunnel vision. You will be walking to school with your younger one soon so that is a another good reason to say no, otherwise your little girl may want to copy your son which would be out of the question.

  • I agree, double figures so 10 I think.

  • Listen to your gut… If you think he’s not ready then stay with him.

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