Although all parents would prefer to have their children in close contact at all times, the majority if parents in our country today have to work in order to support their families. This means that parents must entrust their children to licensed caregivers or family members to make ends meet, and often times this means that children either walk to and from school, or ride the bus in between being monitored by others.
Last year I took notice of a six year old little girl near our school that walked to and from school each and everyday, alone. Now let me say that as a mother of a six year old girl, I am more than not ok with this and wouldn’t personally allow my six year old to walk anywhere alone. Each and every time I would see her walking, I wanted to follow her just to make sure she made it home ok. I do realize that some parents are forced into a corner and may have little to no options, and I don’t want to judge here. However, I find it terrifying to think that at any moment someone could decide to take her and she would be far too small to defend herself. Did I also mention that we live in California? Not the friendliest state in the land.
Setting that debate aside for a moment, the bus is another option and one that may be a bit safer. Parents can drop their children off at the bus stop, along with other children, and often times parents are present until the bus arrives. With all of the fancy smancy bus tracking and student tracking devices that many of these companies and schools now use, it seems rather safe to allow children to use this form of transportation to and from school. In fact, many schools and companies now use devices that track vehicle maintenance schedules as an added measure of ensuring that children are safe.
I will admit that I am not yet ready to take this leap with my own children.
Now, I would like you to weigh in! At what age do you think it’s appropriate to allow children to walk to and from school, or ride the school bus? Does your child ride the school bus? What has been your experience thus far? Does the thought of allowing your children to go to and from school without you, terrify you?