Growing up, there was a small group of neighborhood kids that I would walk about 3/4 of a mile to the city bus stop, catch the bus together and then walk another 3/4 of a mile to school. Now that I have elementary school age children of my own, I would never let them do the same! Why? Probably because I pay way too much attention to the media. Probably because I know too many stories from friends. Probably because, even when my kids are with me, they STILL forget to look both ways before crossing the street. Knowing that I did it as a child, it almost makes me giggle that I wouldn’t let my own children do the same. Granted, I have the choice. Meaning, I work from home, carpool with a neighbor and can also rely on my husband when needed, who also works from home. This got me thinking: when can a child legally walk home from school alone? What should parents consider beforehand? And, legally, what is the age for a child to be home alone? Breezy Mama turned to legal expert Stacey Honowitz, who is in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit with the State Attorney’s Office, to answer these questions.
When can my child ride their bike to school and/or walk to school alone?