Walking to school is great because it allows children to get some fresh air and exercise. However, it’s not always appropriate for your child to walk to school without an adult.
Of course, this depends on your child’s age, maturity and the general safety of the route. Your child needs to understand stranger danger and the rules of the road so that they don’t get into any type of trouble.
So what age can we let our kids walk to school alone? Here’s some more information from an independent school in Hertfordshire.
When it comes to teaching your kids about road safety, the younger they are the better.
The sooner they start to learn, the more independent and confident they will feel when it does come time to walk to school alone. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut legal age when it comes to this sort of thing; it’s up to you as a parent to decide if you think your child is ready, as you know them better than anyone.
If you have a youngster who pays close attention to their surroundings, is cautious and responsible, then they are probably ready to walk to school alone.
On the other hand, if your child is easily distracted and tends to act a bit silly, then it’s probably not appropriate for them to navigate the streets alone.
Of course, there are other factors to consider.
For example, is the road quiet or is it filled with fast cars during rush hour? Are there other parents and children walking the same route that could keep an eye on your child for you? Are there any dark, dangerous alleyways along the route or is it all out in the open?
Ask yourself these questions and if you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of the route, then don’t allow your child to walk it alone.
There are so many benefits to walking to school, so it’s a great habit to get into with your children when they’re young.
Walking with them from an early age is a great way to teach them about road safety, as well as letting them get really familiar with the route. And as they get older you can watch them closely and start to judge for yourself when you think they’re ready to try it without you.
This is definitely one of those situations though where there’s no hard and fast rule. You really need to make the decision based on your child and your situation.
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