How old should a child be to cross the street on their own

Nicole - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi there, my neighbors child crosses the street on her own and she is only 5 years old. yesterday someone knocked on my door telling me my child shouldnt be out on the street but I told her it wasnt my child of course. I told the mother about the lady coming to my door but she doesnt seem to really be concerned. What is your opinion? Should she be allowed to cross the street with no one watching her?

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Amie - posted on 08/18/2009

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She's probably as concerned as I would be about a stranger thinking they know more about my child then I do.
It all depends on the child and where you live. If they know proper street safety and follow it it's of no one's concern but the parents.
My own children cross the street by themselves all the time, as do all our neighbors kids. I've noticed though the younger they are the more they follow the rules, at around the age of 10 some start seeming to forget and just dart out. Thank god we all watch and drive slow around here.

Firebird - posted on 08/18/2009

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I think it depends on the area. If it's usually a busy street then maybe 5 is too young but I grew up in a small town and the street I lived on wasn't usually busy. My sister, brother and I crossed the street and walked up the street alone at 5 to go play with our friends almost everyday. As long as the child fully understands the importance of looking both ways to make sure no cars are coming before crossing, then I personally wouldn't worry too much about it. However a busy street is a different story entirely.

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Maryahotsey1234567890 - posted on 03/14/2013

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My children crossthe street all the time 2 school.it depends....on howw they behave.And if they are responsible you should cross the streeet at the age of 9,8,10

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I think it ismore of a maturity issue than an age issue...my youngest son is 9 and I still have to remind him to look before crossing the street...you have to know how mature your child is and how busy the street is of course...

Kattie - posted on 08/18/2009

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It really does depend on the area. In my old area as well as where I live now, children cross the street by themselvevs starting in kindergarten when they are coming home from schools. It also depends on the child. I walked my five blocks to school from the beginning by myself, and it was no big deal, but there was no way you could have sent my brother to do the same thing. Besides just steppingout into the street, he was more likely to end up wandering through yards. As long as they are aware and the area's not dangerous, then 5 may not be too young.

Janelle - posted on 08/18/2009

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I do feel that the mother needs to be more attentive to her 5 year old especially when outside on these NYC streets. I think an age for a child to cross the street depends on the child as well, however I believe 5 years old is too young. 7 years is a start, but only if the child pays attention on a regular basis and is not timid of the outside world.

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it really depends on the kid. honestly, my 5 year old son is better at paying attention to his surroundings than my 8 year old daughter!! my daughter is just now allow to cross the street by herself (i still have to remind her to look for cars), but my son would do just fine if i let him.

JEN - posted on 08/18/2009

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I think 5 years old is too young, my son is 5 he will not be crossing until at least 8 or 9 years old......maybe!

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