Quoted from the book Free-Range Kids:
“What we think of as normal child rearing is not the way a lot of other countries do it. And activities we consider far “too risky” for our kids do not make the smallest blip on other countries’ risk radar screens. Even the ones rich enough to have radar screens….
In the rest of the world, most children do walk to school, and they start at age five or six or seven. Their parents do not accompany them. By age ten or sometimes even before that, kids may board a public bus to get to school, and no one looks at them askance. The other riders know that children are capable of getting around, and they don’t consider this a rogue activity.”