Should I let my 11-year-old ride the bus alone?
In order to go to a sleepover on Friday night (tonight!) and bowling with her friends tomorrow, my daughter (11) would need to get a bus back home from the nearest town. It's a 10 mile journey, the same one she does every day with her school friends. But this time it's on a Saturday and she'd be on her own... I don't want to smother her, she will have her phone with her, we've talked through the usual safety stuff but I'm still very nervous. Any opinions?!
1 expert has answered
Its right to be nervous, and completely normal. Remember that most people are good (in fact more than 99.96% of the UK population) and will help your child if in difficulties. She has a mobile phone, and if she makes the journey every day anyway then she will be fine!
When I was 11 years old (which was quite a few years ago) I travelled all the way from Coleraine in Northern Ireland to London via public transport by myself - including busses, trains and a ferry - and this was before the days of mobile phones! Its a fantastic life-learning experience, and is really important.