[LMB] OT Children and overkill

Ed Burkhead ed at edburkhead.com
Sun Jan 9 19:11:00 GMT 2011

On 2011-01-09 12:54 PM, Dusty Jackson wrote:
> 5-year-olds travelling on the bus - alone?
> All those depressing posters of lost children that we get asked to pin up in
> my workplace would argue that 5-year-olds are*not*  old enough to travel
> alone!

I think you'll find it's quite reasonable for 5-year-olds to get on the 
school bus on their own.  Ten times so when it's on a rural route as was 
described in the previous message:

>  I live in  a rural area, so I see a lot of kids who work on the farm, care for animals
>  and are more independent in how they get around. Most of them get the bus to
>  school, as young as 5 years old they'll catch the bus with no problems.

I'd be seriously worried about the development of a 5-year old who 
/*couldn't/* get on a school bus in front of his/her own driveway.

In a small town or city, it depends on the culture.  We all walked up to 
a mile to school as kindergartners in my moderately small town in Iowa.  
They may have had bus pick-up points for the really outlying 
neighborhoods before the two new elementary schools were finished but, 
if so, they mixed with the rural kid's school buses and we never noticed 


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