It’s 10.5 Years the Average Age Parents Allow Youngsters to Play Out

Children ‘playing out’ around here means causing ‘merry mayhem’, so perhaps parents ought to consider antisocial behaviour above their ‘biggest’ worries of abduction and crossing roads.

A study of more than 3000 UK parents by FamiliesOnline.co.uk, found that 10.5 years was the average age that parents started to allow children to play out alone.

Findings showed that this age was almost three years older than the age they themselves were allowed to play out when a child.

Stranger danger and abduction was the biggest fear of 50 per cent of parents, closely followed by road crossing at 41 per cent.

Abduction and strangers was a bigger fear for parents of girls rather than boys, with parents who had sons more likely to worry about road safety.

As children get older the worry doesn’t stop. In fact, as children reach 14 years of age, worries of abduction increases from 37 per cent to 64 per cent.

Spokesperson for Families, Faye Mingo said: “The question of when is too young to play out alone is a continued debate amongst parents today and for good reason. We all remember playing out alone from a much younger age as children ourselves and it seemed a completely ordinary thing to do, but years later, we find ourselves as parents in the connected world of 2017 and we are certainly much more aware of the risks on our doorstep. The question is, when do we let go? We want to instil independence and confidence in our children, but we want to keep them safe too.”