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How young is too young for kids to walk to school alone? (canada)

How young is too young for kids to walk to school alone? (canada)

Watch above: How young is too young for kids to walk to school alone? Kendra Slugoski speaks to parents.

EDMONTON — The question of how old a child should be before walking to school by themselves is one each parent must tackle.

Since maturity levels among children vary, as do the complexity of routes, there may be no cut and dry answer. But researchers have come out with a guideline: they recommend children should be supervised while crossing the road until they’re nine years old, which typically equates to Grade 4.

“Children at that age tend to have more cognitive ability to discern what’s dangerous in their environment…so they can make more safe choices,” explained Don Voaklander of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research.

A recent report suggests that, in general, kids under nine “have unique characteristics that contribute to their high risk for pedestrian injury, including size, limited peripheral vision, poor skills in determining where sounds come from, and limited hand-eye coordination.”

Aside from difficulty judging speed and distance, researchers say the first thing a younger child notices when a car is approaching is its colour.

Concerns over safety is why Andrea Dobler wouldn’t want her son — who just started kindergarten — walking to school until he’s in Grade 6.

“The traffic, definitely. There’s a few busy roads I even have a hard time driving across,” she said. “And then, I don’t want them stolen.”

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Date: 9/6/2014 9:23:50 AM

By: LASSA web , Global News
 
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