My poll of over 1500 folks — albeit on Twitter — discovered something heartening:
The majority of both those born BEFORE and AFTER 1982 say they were allowed outside on their own by age 7.
BUT, the percent of kids given freedom by age 7 is sinking. And I didn’t specifically ask anyone born after 1992, or 2002 to answer, and I wonder what the response would be.
Heck — I think I’ll go ask on Twitter now!
Meantime — check out my analysis of these before/after 1982 results over at Let Grow by clicking here. One thing is sure: Some districts are really crimping kids’ independence with laws requiring constant adult supervision till age 9…even in a kid’s OWN YARD!