Recently we posted information about the controversial subject of children walking alone. In comparing several studies, the consensus is children 10-12 may be ready to walk alone. Children younger than 10 should always be accompanied by an adult.
While some think 10, 11, 12 year olds are still far too young to walk alone, others argue that it’s important to instill a sense of independence in children.
A Dateline special, which aired Friday evening, tested middle school aged boys. The boys, who were alone on the streets, were approached by a young, unassuming individual, who was near a van with a high-tech video game set up inside. From outside, the children could view the video games on the inside of the van. The children were invited to get inside the van to play.
While some of the children did the right thing and walked away, others were tempted inside.
Parents watched their children from another van, some proud of their kids for walking away, others shocked and horrified their child made such an unsafe decision. They initially thought, “My kids wouldn’t do that.”
We urge you to talk to your children about making good decisions when Mom and Dad aren’t around. Dateline suggests role playing situations similar to the one described above.