Should There Be a Minimum Age to Ride the Bus Unsupervised?

In a controversy that recalls the ongoing debate about "free range children," B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development is telling one family that their kids aren't old enough to ride the bus alone.
September 10, 2017, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A father of five from Vancouver is speaking out after being told his children can't ride public transit together without adult supervision," report John Woodward and Andrew Weichel.

According to the article, "B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development received an anonymous complaint that his kids were unsupervised." Now they've gone so far as to tell him that his kids require supervision. "Crook, who runs a blog on parenting called 5 Kids 1 Condo, said he was told children under 10 should not take the bus – or go anywhere outside the home – at any time of day without adult accompaniment," adds the article.

The article notes that driving is proven to be dangerous, and mush more likely to infure or kill children than transit. "Between 2009 and 2013, 106 Canadian children died in private vehicles," report Woodward and Weichel. "None died on buses over the same time frame."

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Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in CTV News Vancouver
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