When should parents allow their children to take public transport on their own?

Primary 4 pupil Daneen Sofia Nazarrudin travels often on her own and her parents tracks her whereabouts with the Google Family Link app.
Primary 4 pupil Daneen Sofia Nazarrudin travels often on her own and her parents tracks her whereabouts with the Google Family Link app.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
Now 11, Primary 5 pupil Voon Shin Yu has been taking public buses on his own since he was seven.
Now 11, Primary 5 pupil Voon Shin Yu has been taking public buses on his own since he was seven.ST PHOTO: VENESSA LEE

Parents should consider a child's developmental readiness and maturity, rather than age, to decide when he or she is ready to take public transport on his own

Voon Shin Yu, 11, has been taking public transport on his own since he was seven.

For a few months in Primary 1, the boy, accompanied by his father, a 37-year-old interior design consultant, took the bus to school, which was three stops from their home in Yishun. After school, he took the school bus home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 25, 2019, with the headline 'Young and travelling alone'. Print Edition | Subscribe