Kids and Road Safety

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

No, I would never let my kids do that. Honestly with the way kids are abducted these days I wouldn’t let a 5-7-year-old play outside by themselves period.

Post # 4
7055 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lalalyanne:  Good on you for talking to them. I think you did the right thing.

Whenever my kids went out on bike or scooter (and I think it began around age 7 or so) it was carefully supervised at first. After a while they could do some limited things (like around the block, or ride to school on the footpath), once I was sure they could be careful. STAY OFF THE ROAD was continually drummed into them.

Post # 5
1766 posts
Buzzing bee

I have two small kids…a toddler and a preschooler. my kids know not to go into the street. Im always outside with them. 5-7yrs old is way too young for kids to be playing outside by themselves. im glad u said something. helmets won’t really protect the kids if they get ran over….i didn’t grow up wearing a helmet while bike riding…but my kids do.

Post # 6
1719 posts
Bumble bee

What you did was fine. It was probably for the best. I don’t know if someone told them that before or not, but it obviously didn’t stick with them. Maybe this will. 


Post # 7
1719 posts
Bumble bee

@adoc86:  children aren’t actually in any more danger than they were previously. We hear about it more often than we did before, but that doesn’t mean it’s happening more. 

I’m not saying you should let them play outside unsupervised, just that the rates of abduction are not nearly as bad as most people believe, and the people doing the abducting are usually not who most people would expect — usually parents (because of custody issues) and people the child knows. 

Google “rates of child abduction over time” for more information and statistics, if you are so inclined. 

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