‘No excuses’: Parents leave kids to walk alone at school
Parents leave their children to walk to school alone, despite the risks, a new survey suggests.
The poll of 5,000 Australian students, released on Thursday, shows most parents say they have never left their children alone with anyone in the house and most parents also believe children should not be left alone in their bedrooms.
The survey of 2,000 parents found almost a quarter of parents are worried about leaving their children in the home alone.
The number of parents who say children should be left in the bedrooms alone rose from 30 per cent in 2014 to 35 per cent last year.
“I would never leave my children alone,” one mother of five said.
“We have no excuses.”
“I think parents need to be more aware of what their children are doing in their bedroom.”
It is not ok for children to be alone with strangers,” said another mother of two.
The research was conducted by the Australian Schoolkids Foundation and found more than a quarter (26 per cent) of parents said they had left their young children alone in the past year.
The findings echo similar research in the United States.
Parents in the US have said leaving young children at home to walk the streets without a parent is a risk, and many of them say leaving children alone is not safe.
But in Australia, the research shows parents are often too concerned about leaving children in their homes alone, even though it’s possible for a parent to be on the phone with the child.”
Parents need to know that there are some behaviours which are really risky,” the research found.”
And I think that we should be really careful about the things we do when we leave them in the car and not be too concerned because we have the option of getting out of the car.
“In Australia, children aged 10 and under are not allowed to walk at all in the school car, except for a supervised walk around a playground.
Parents are advised to keep children at least five metres away from other children.”
The biggest challenge parents have is they are concerned about their children being alone, but the most important thing parents need is to be really clear that the kids shouldn’t be left at home alone,” Dr Jennifer Gough from the Australian National University’s School of Education and Research told ABC News.”
That’s the biggest risk they face.””
There is a perception that children shouldn’t have to be in the presence of others.