Walking alone to school is a thing of the past these days in Atlanta, the only consideration to a “walk alone” is how close you live to your child’s school and the type of neighborhood they will be through. In light of the recent murder of the little boy in Brooklyn, New York, many moms, dads and guardians are opting for “group walks” instead.
Balancing safety and independance is not an easy task, but walking alone does not answer to safety issues should a crisis arise. You want to give your kids a sense of independance and freedom, but it you just never know what could happen and who (a predator) is watching your child walk to school when you are not. A child walking alone is open prey, there is not a friend to report what happened or to run for help.
Having a cell phone is one option if you child is taught when and how to use it quickly, consider their maturity level, and so they are not texting on it and miss someone unsafe approaching them.
Some children just are not good with direction, walking with a group on the same or nearby street keeps them safely on track to making it home.
For children under the age of ten, their peripheal vision, seeing out of the corners of their eyes, has not quite yet developed, so this makes watching for traffic a challenge. This would also make walking in a group a better idea so that all children in the group can be on the look out for cars when crossing any streets.
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