As Heard on Mix Mornings With Reagan and Bethany: 5 Things That Today's Parents Won't Let Their 10 Year Olds Do Alone

September 20, 2018

Photo: Bethany


We totally used to ride our bike all around our neighborhood at 10 years old, right? Well, according to a new survey, lots of kids these days aren't allowed to!

Is this safe, or are we helicopter parenting our kids? 

More than 1,000 parents were asked about five different activities. First, if they'd let a 10-year-old do them today without supervision, and then, if their parents let THEM do each of them at the same age.  Here are the results -


1.  Would you let your 10-year-old stay home alone for an hour or two? 

53% of people said THEY did it by the time they were 10, but only 36% said it's okay for kids today.  (In Maryland you have to be 8 to legally be left alone.)


2.  Walk or bike to school alone? 

68% did it, but only 43% would let their kids do it now.


3.  Play in a public park on their own? 

51% did it as kids, but only 26% would let their kids do it now.


4.  Play in the yard without an adult.

91% did it, 78% would let their kids do it today.


5.  Go trick-or-treating on Halloween without an adult? 

44% did it when they were kids, and only 24% would let their own kids do it.


So, what do you think? Would you let your 10 year old do these activites??

Let us know!