Did Your Parents Let You Do These Five Things Unsupervised? And Would You Let Your Kids Do Them Today?

A lot of people say kids aren’t as independent these days, because we don’t LET them.  And a new survey looked into how much times have changed.

Over 1,000 parents were asked about five different activities . . . if they’d let a 10-year-old do them today without supervision . . . and if their parents let THEM do each of them at the same age.  Here’s what they said . . .

1.  Would you let your 10-year-old stay home alone for an hour or two?  53% said THEY did it by the time they were 10 . . . but only 36% said it’s okay for kids today.  (Only three states have age limits for leaving kids alone, but most have guidelines.)

2.  Walk or bike to school alone?  68% did it . . . only 43% would let their kids do it now.

3.  Play in a public park on their own?  51% did it as kids . . . 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 . . . only 24% would let their own kids do it.

The survey also found that just 60% of kids today enjoy playing outside.  Only 1 in 10 said it’s their favorite activity.  And overall, the one activity they enjoy the most is playing video games.

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