I would like to find out at what age do you allow your child to walk to school and/or the park by themself?

Deborah - posted on 06/18/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




My older boy is 9 but will be 10 in October, he has been asking me toward the end of the school year if he can walk to school on his own. With all the bad things happening now-a-days I just get nervous about that. I know eventually I will have to allow him to do so but I am just not certain at what age. Now he does have a younger brother that is 8 that will be able to go with him if it would be to the park so they have a buddy system. The reason I ask is because many of their friends are already allowed to go around on their own, even on their bikes. I feel sometimes I may be over protective of them. What are your thoughts?


Linda - posted on 06/18/2011




How long a walk is it? Is it a safe neighborhood? Is it a busy street? How mature is your son? I think all these factors are important to consider.


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Victoria - posted on 06/20/2011




I would say at 12. But it depends on the child and when the parent is ready to let them.

Sherri - posted on 06/20/2011




Our children aren't allowed to walk to school. They must be bussed or driven by parents until at least middle school which isn't until 7th grade here. But for us no school is within walking distance so the answer for us is never.

Same answer to go to park by themselves park is over 5miles away one way. So they must be driven to go to it.

Shannintipton - posted on 06/20/2011




Talk about over protective. I carpool with my neighbor. The guy right next door. I would walk my 8 year old son over every other morning for the first six months we did this. lol

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I would think that it would be okay then. Why not compromise. Stand at the end of your street and watch him walk the block with his friends. That way you can ensure he is safe, and he gains a feeling of independence.

Of course, you are the parent, so don't just take the advice of an internet stranger. You know your situation better than anyone. =)

Deborah - posted on 06/18/2011




It is a block away and there is minimal traffic. He is pretty responsible. He is the type of kid that would rather help take care of his 4 month old cousin then play video games. He is also very good with directions and could tell you how to get to places in and from 4 different towns. He does have goofy moments but when I tell him it is serious he knows I mean business. Our neighborhood is pretty good. And I know he knows stranger danger stuff, the school is really big on that.

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Like Linda said, there are a lot of factors to consider. Personally, I'd allow my daughter to walk to school with a group of friends around the age of 7 or 8. We live in a safe neighborhood with minimal traffic.

I do want to mention that the world is no less safe than it was in the 'old days'. We just hear the bad more often because it makes for sensational news.

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