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9yr Old Riding Subway ALONE


I saw this article and found it ..... interesting to say the least.

9 year old riding the subway alone

Among the people who posted comments, a woman let her 7year old go somewhere alone too.  What do you ladies think?
Apr 05, 2011 @ 03:14 pm

5 Replies

Ali de Bold


I don't know. I think there are some children who are extremely independent and resourceful who could be just fine in a situation like that but for the majority, this is a bad idea. I think when you weigh the pros vs. cons there are a lot more potential cons than pros - and it's not worth the risk.
Apr 05, 2011 @ 03:32 pm

I did that when I was a child and so did my husband....

but of course times have changed significantly since then. We didn't really have to worry much about predators (sexual and abductors) back then!
No one gave it a second thought....however if it were my child in these times, then no. Too much out there in the world that I can't control!
Apr 05, 2011 @ 04:02 pm

I can't say...

I tread lightly when it comes to judging parental decisions because I'm not a parent so I can't say what I would do in the situation. I agree with Ali, some kids are more resourceful than others and I could see letting them riding a subway or bus by themselves.
I think I'll be a pretty paranoid parent when it comes to letting my kids travel alone though, I’d probably want to make sure I ridden the route with them a few times before they go it alone.

Apr 05, 2011 @ 04:23 pm

It's iffy

I agree with Lauren and Ali. It very much depends on the maturity level of the child. I know some 9 year-olds who I think would have no problem going at it alone and others that would get distracted by a nearby candy store and then lose their way. But a parent knows if their child can handle this or not (usually). And it is definitely important to give your children independence... just be careful how much you give them and when! I do know some parents who were (or still are) overbearing and protective and it can effect the kids in very negative ways once they're older.

Personally, at 9 I'd let my child ride their bike to their friend's house a few streets over perhaps (not at night) because I do want to instill confidence and responsibility. But I don't think I would be comfortable with letting them ride public transit alone having no experience.
Apr 05, 2011 @ 05:00 pm


I'm not a parent either so I suppose I can't really give a proper answer. But I'm 99.9% sure I'd would not allow this unless my child was Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.
Apr 06, 2011 @ 02:49 pm

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