We live in a pretty busy neighborhood with an unfenced front and backyard. Both the alley behind the house is pretty busy and the street that runs in front of our house is a major bus route. So there is a lot of traffic both ways.
We also live in a neighborhood that gets lots of foot traffic roaming around. Mainly because people use our street as a shortcut to the city. A lot of these people we don't know.
Because of the high levels of traffic and people, we don't let our 5 year old play outside by himself. When he goes out, DH or I are always with him. We don't hover over him. We always sit on the porch and let him play with his friends. Both DH and I just don't feel comfortable leaving him alone.
We've been called helicopter parents because we won't let him play outside by himself. This honestly doesn't bother us.
But it did get us thinking last night about what age would we consider old enough to be outside by himself.
So at what age do you allow your child/children to play outside by themselves? How did you come up with that age?