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How Young is Too to take the Bus?

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How Young is Too to take the Bus?

As the question states, would you let your young child take the bus alone, what age is too young?

Do you think some parents keeps their kids from experiencing life by always making sure they are too "safe"?
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Under 14 imo.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Cheapo-Findo wrote:
Aug 9th, 2016 3:43 pm
Under 14 imo.

I don't know what it's like now but when I was 12/13 (grd 7-8) in the 90s, many many students took the TTC bus to school. Many trouble makers too that would considered 'manly' by today's standards and would probably beat up grown-up millennials today. I had a student metropass at that time. Heck, in grd 6-5, I was taking the TTC downtown by myself from Scarbs.

I still see young kids taking the bus too. But that's in Toronto. Buses run more frequent. If you're in boonieville, where the bus comes every 1 hr, it might be a bit more worriesome for younger.
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I started taking it alone when I was 11 and started going to a new school for grade 7. This was the Mississauga Transit.

I see kids taking the subway alone all the time where I am now. The kids that go to St Michael's and the girls' Catholic school on the other side of the field take it alone every morning. They look like they're around 12 or above, but I'm old now and my perception of a kid's age is probably off.
Could HAVE, not could OF. What does 'could of' even mean?
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The TTC is one big school bus. I see little gaffers on it who can't be any more than 7-8, but they're usually travelling with their school mates so I guess its not a big deal. I always shake my head at parents who insist on sending their children to a school half way across the city. Its so unfair to make them schlep like that. But that's another story.
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Depends on the child and to where. If it was for school and they get on and off the same place and with the same schedule probably grade 5 which is when some kids start middle school here. Probably grade 7 to actually get to places but I would want to make sure they know how to look up the bus schedules, and options.
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Is there any law to regulate this? I thought its 12,?
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I took 40min bus to school when I was 11(grade 5)
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smartie wrote:
Aug 10th, 2016 11:09 pm
Is there any law to regulate this? I thought its 12,?
There's no minimum age to be left home alone, although <10 years old, you should have some evidence that your child is very responsible. As for public transportation, the TTC has no minimum age although I would guess this is asking for trouble if the child is very young - some nosey nellie will end up calling the police or child services.

https://www.thestar.com/life/parent/201 ... alone.html
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I may be the odd one here, but I grew up in the country. I took a bus to Kindergarten. Otherwise, how would I get there?
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Gutty96 wrote:
Aug 12th, 2016 4:21 pm
I may be the odd one here, but I grew up in the country. I took a bus to Kindergarten. Otherwise, how would I get there?
That my friend would be a school bus, which has no defined age requirements.

I believe the question here is related to say taking a city bus to go somewhere. I would say once they reach high school, being able to take the bus is a responsibility they need to be able to handle and take on.
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azn_dan wrote:
Aug 12th, 2016 4:46 pm
Gutty96 wrote:
Aug 12th, 2016 4:21 pm
I may be the odd one here, but I grew up in the country. I took a bus to Kindergarten. Otherwise, how would I get there?
That my friend would be a school bus, which has no defined age requirements.

I believe the question here is related to say taking a city bus to go somewhere. I would say once they reach high school, being able to take the bus is a responsibility they need to be able to handle and take on.
Lol. I am such a country boy at heart still it seems. The only bus I think of is a school bus, when someone says bus.

Thanks, this made me laugh.
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Somehow i am under impression that kids can not be alone under 12

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