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Topic: Unattended Children at water park, How young?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: July 23, 2003 11:25 am/pm Quote

On another board someone brought up the subject of letting their 9 year old go off to areas of Blizzard Beach alone--with the parent in the park.  This became a "hot" issue about how young is too young, etc.

Most responses stated NO way!  A couple that caught my attention...a 4 1/2 year old allowed to walk alone down the block to a friends house and a 9 year old allowed to do areas of Blizzard Beach alone because according to the mom "no one would take a child from a theme park and my child wouldn't go a stranger". Also, a 9 year old going to the AK pool alone with a 2 way radio.

Most people expressed concerned about the safety issue--being alone/strangers and the water safety---lifeguards aren't babysitters.

What do you guys think?

I know I would never let my children go off in a water park at 9, 10 or older.  It is just not safe at all. Just an interesting thing I found and was surprised by the responses I told about above.


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Posted: July 23, 2003 1:13 am/pm Quote

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attention...a 4 1/2 year old allowed to walk alone down the block to a friends house

I don't even do this with my 4 1/2 hr old - and our street has VERY few houses on it.  But I guess I might if I could see the other house, AND I was outside watching until he got there.  Again, I live in a very rural area.

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9 year old allowed to do areas of Blizzard Beach alone because according to the mom "no one would take a child from a theme park and my child wouldn't go a stranger".

Nope, wouldn't leave a 9 yr old in any park by himself.  As far as the stranger thing goes, a lot of parents have been proven wrong in the past.  All it takes is someone stating that they are from the park and they've won something free.  I'm sure any 9 yr old would jump all over that one.

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Also, a 9 year old going to the AK pool alone with a 2 way radio.

OK, and how did this work?  As far as I know, you can't swim with a radio....


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Posted: July 23, 2003 5:28 am/pm Quote

I have been to Typhoon Lagoon three times (it will be four Sun.) and River Country once, and I can tell you there is NO WAY I would let my child go alone in one of those parks. I have seen too much in the way of crowds, and if there is a sudden rainstorm there is no way a child would be able to keep up with where to find their parent in the chaos - and it gets chaotic when the heavens open up. Besides, I thought the idea was that they were "family" water parks!
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Posted: July 23, 2003 6:05 am/pm Quote

I saw the same topic. I couldn't believe some of what I read  Maybe I'm too strict but my 8yo isn't allowed to go anywhere or stay anywhere alone. I wouldn't be comfortable for him to go to the food court or arcade, much less the pool where there is water safety issues to consider. I know some people think their children are mature for their ages, but a kid is a kid and sometimes they just don't think before they act  :uhoh: .

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Posted: July 23, 2003 6:36 am/pm Quote

We live in Texas and I believe that the Child Protective Services Dept. does not allow a child to stay at their own home alone unless they are at least 12 yrs old.  As the mother of 3 boys, ages 7,5, & 2, I would NOT leave them alone at a pool, park or public place, much less my home.  I think too many people have children as an incovenience and don't appreciate them for the gifts that they are.  IMO, a child  younger than 15 can not make rational decisions about safety.   Maybe I'm overprotective, but I would rather be accused of that than to loose my child.  Let's hope the person who originally posted the message doesn't have any predators lurking around. :glare:

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Posted: July 23, 2003 7:51 am/pm Quote

I have 2 boys (11 and 8 1/2), I do allow them to ride there bikes around our town (town in name only...there are no stores or major roads, there is approx 500 people in the town we live in).  We are also in a very rural location.  However, anytime we go away from home for vacation etc. my children do not go where I cannot see them.  I dont even like taking them to the beach because there are too many people (never know what may happen), the pool is a more controlled setting.  I also wonder if I am a little overprotective.  I live in Maryland and I beleive the legal age for a child to stay home alone is 10 (not sure though) but I could not imagine leaving my 11 year old home alone.  I work with a woman who does leave her 9 year old home on occasion, I think she is out of her mind.  I guess it all depends on a parents frame of mind. :no:

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