Your ten year old daughter wants to ride her bike around the neighborhood with friends. Let her?
I think if she's with friends it is safe, make sure if you live in a bad neighbor hood to teach her to pedal really fast before she gets kidnapped. Jk. But personally I don't ride bikes so I wouldn't know.
Depends on the neighborhood. Mine? Of course
If my son is allowed to go then my daughter is allowed to go as well.
As long as she wears a helmet and carries something deadly!
Same as my last answer: 10?! Absolutely not.
Yes, She's in a group, its fine.
I live on a farm, so yes.
I said no but it really just does depend on the neighborhood.
If it's a safe neighborhood and the kids are good kids, then absolutely.
Current neighborhood - yes. Previous - h*|| no!
You know your neighborhood better than we do. Neighborhoods I know will range from absolutely to h-f-no!!!!!!!!!!, so you've got to feel it out for yourself.
Besides - even in an "absolutely" neighborhood, a tragedy can happen. You have to be comfortable with your decision - don't come here looking for a scapegoat in case something goes sideways.
Yes. But only after teaching her how to gouge eyes, kick groins, and arming her with a knife, and a will to survive.
Today's world is a scary place. And while I can't bubble wrap my daughter, I can give her the tools that she needs to defend herself.
And before anyone jumps on me, I was using knives competently long before 10. She can learn to do so as well.
In case you didn't know, about 90% of child abductions occur with someone the child knows. It is very rare for it to be the weird random guy asking for help finding his puppy. Most of the time teaching all that stuff isn't going to help.
NWIH!! She may look 15 but she doesn't have the sense of an 8 year old. Not a chance!! :)
No way, not till she's at least a teenager.
Statistically 2000 kids disappear every day. Just a couple of weeks ago a girl was snatched in a Walmart in Jacksonville and killed. Don't be naive. Check the sex register for known offenders close to you. It is shocking.
That was a horrible crime. But the mother put that poor girl in harm's way. The trust she put in a creepy stranger was shocking.
Arm your kids people. Knowledge, ability, a will to survive, and a short length of cold steel can go a long ways.
This poll posted twice.
No, once asking about girls and once about boys
Yes, the girls one posted 2 times.
No biggie. I answer one of them red/blue and I explain myself in the other one.
Exactly the same for both children: as long as the neighborhood's safe and they keep their phone on them.
Good point. When I was that age they just made sure I had a dime for a phone call.
Depends on the area, but if it is safe sure.
TIL sexism has no bounds.
My apologizes for using the term "TIL". It's a habit I got off of Reddit... it stands for "Today I Learned".
when does the narwhale bacon?
Hellz naw, just go look on a sex offender website and see how many live by you. You'd be shocked...
Same as the other... Depends on the neighborhood and friends she's with
I put yes but it really depends on the sort of neighborhood we lived in
Not at ten. I feel like that may be a little too young still. My parents were protective of me until my early teen years.
If she's got a helmet and will wear the darn thing, sure!
If she's with a group of kids that's fine. I'd just have her take her cell phone and track her with 'where's my iPhone' every so often.
Ten year olds have iPhones now...jeeze
There's an app called 'Find my friends' it's made so you can track your kids, family, friends... Etc. I use it with my parents every so often to keep tabs on them.
Yes, but I wouldn't let her go as far as my son.
And why not?
That's so sexist!
Bc a ten year old boy would be stronger than a ten tear old girl and she may not be able to make it back ;)
Because females (generally speaking) are physically weaker than males. Especially at 10 years old.
When I was a kid my parents probably would have felt better about me going out on my bike than my brother. It definitely depends on your kid, don't be too hasty to judge. I have more fight than he does.
That's not sexist. That's just looking out for the one who is statistically weaker than the other.
'That's so sexist!' Tell me why it matters. In this instance, not in life.
my 11 yr old sister rides her bike around... I used to ride my bike around(further than my parents know lol)
As long as my 15 year old son can come along. Haha just kidding. Nope I'm not kidding.
Off topic, but I can't help it ... I can't get into the comments section of the "born for a purpose" poll. Whenever I try, the app crashes. I have tried about 4 times, sometimes from the main polls page and sometimes from the results page.
I'll try if on the web version and see what happens.
It worked on the web version. I'm using an iPod touch, latest iOS.
I'm on an iPhone 5 with the latest iOS and it crashes for me too.
Ditto, iPhone 5 latest OS
Sounds like a data problem to me ... Ah, poor Tony! :)
I reported it to him :)
The issue has been fixed.
Agreed it depends on the neighborhood (ours would be ok,) the friends & the daughter. @10yrs old, My general rule would be if you can't hear me call 4 you & I can't see you within a min or so, NO. If Yes, then stick this emergency alarm in Ur pocket.
Of course! Why wouldn't I?
I live in a big city. My kids couldn't even go in the front yard alone until they were 16.
My neighborhood is a non-through street with few cars. I can see most of it from my front yard. Out of the neighborhood? Not a chance!
In my neighborhood sure no worries.
If I know and trust the friends.
Sure, her best "friend" was a Doberman. If she left on foot or on a bike he went with her. NO one was gonna mess with her
As long as she wears her helmet and stays in the neighborhood she is good. If she is with her older siblings she can go a little further. :)
After the first month or two of kindergarten (I was 5) I was allowed to walk to the bus stop, which was about two blocks away, by myself. By the time I was six I could ride my bike over to my friend's by myself, which was slightly farther.
Yet again, depends on the neighborhood and friends.
See the other thread.
Why make a gender difference here?
Parents are often more protective of girls.
As they should be. Females are (generally speaking) weaker and more vulnerable to assault than males. Especially at 10 years old.
Why 10 years old? Odds are they haven't really reached puberty yet lol. When I was 10 I was as strong as any male in my class. Come like 13 I wasn't. If a grown man wants to attack a ten year old, regardless of gender, there's not much they can do.
She's with friends. And probably has a phone.
My 9 & 11yo daughters are allowed free reign through the neighborhood. They are not allowed beyond our neighborhood, and they must tell me before they leave our yard. Otherwise, they are free to be kids. They've been taught safety & etiquette.
I might follow like "walk the dog - oh , hi"
IT'S UTAH. Worst that could happen is that she gets kidnapped and forced to join "Young Women's."
I doubt Elizabeth Smart would agree
The one who ruins it for the many.
I live in a gated neighborhood, so of course as long as she knows to be safe, stay away from cars, etc.
I have the same answer for this as I did for the other. Our neighborhood is safe --especially in a group. But I'd put a boundary on how far she could go.
Wow, New York said no. Big surprise there.
79% yes. Wow. No way I would. And I live in ultra safe burbs.
Ironic, given your user name. :)
Agree, sadly ironic isn't it. Time to lock up the perverts and get our liberty back
Yes. I did. I live in a very small town.
Again, she can ride to the Walmart downtown for all i cared.