Am. Academy of Pediatrics Says: Don’t Let Kids Under 10 Walk to School or Anywhere Without an Adult

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4 Responses to Am. Academy of Pediatrics Says: Don’t Let Kids Under 10 Walk to School or Anywhere Without an Adult

  1. clare mullin June 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    Last weekend my 15 year old and I drove out to the beach. On the way we saw a child who looked to be 5 or 6 walking along the side of the road – there was no sidewalk. We were both so amazed to see that…you just don’t see it – my gut reaction was that something must be wrong, he was lost, abandoned, had run away from home! I looked in the rear view and saw his perfectly content face and thought he probably just walked to the local store for some candy on a beautiful day. Shook my head.

  2. Outraged June 5, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    Thank God my kids are 14 and 17 and I don’t have to swim against the tide of infantilizing young children in my daily life anymore. Oh, AAP, you have done a great disservice to children and their health.

  3. Shaylene June 6, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    Fortunately in the State of Oregon, they are encouraging all kids to walk to school. If kids live too far from school, parents are encouraged to drop them off at a reasonable area, so they can walk the rest of the way. They are trying to get buses to drop the kids off at certain stops, so they can walk to school. They also have a fun “Celebrity Walk” once a month to encourage kids. The kids are dropped off at the fire department, and a local ‘celebrity’ (a police officer, basketball player, mayor, etc) walk with the kids. Sometimes the kids get prizes. Teachers know the benefits of kids walking to school. Their jobs become much easier. Here are two websites from Oregon encouraging kids to walk. http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/safe_routes.php
    http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Safety/Documents/ChildWalkAlonePoster.pdf

  4. Alexander June 13, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

    Starting next year. Third grade my daughter will be walking to school. It is 1/4 if a mile and crossing three streets. Two streets are quiet neighborhood st and the other is main st with a four way stop in front of the police station and school across the street. She will be fine