My feed

to access all these features

Parenting a preteen can be a minefield. Find support here.


12 year old riding the underground, alone

5 replies

nonsensename35 · 28/05/2019 22:17

when she was in primary school, our dd would walk to school on her own -- a few blocks along residential street. Now we have moved to the suburbs and over the HT break she wants to visit a friend in the old neighbourhood. i can take her in on the mainline, but she wants to cross town on the underground on her own. what does everyone think?

OP posts:
Teddybear45 · 28/05/2019 22:19

Depends on the route but far younger kids go across London by themselves everyday for school.

CaurnieBred · 28/05/2019 22:21

DD has been using the tube alone since Year 7. I asked her to travel in the front carriage right by the door to the driver. I also made sure she knew exactly which lines and which stops.

Plenty children have to use the tube to get to school.

NCB2019 · 28/05/2019 22:28

I used the tube on my own in London from year 7. So aged 11/12.

You know her best. How far is it? Is she sensible? Does she know the way. Has she got a phone? Can she contact you? Can you see her location. Does she know your phone number off by heart?

I knew my home phone number, was sensible and I knew where I was going so my parents were fine with it. I'd hope to apply the same logic to my own child.

nonsensename35 · 31/05/2019 09:40

Thanks all for the advice and comments. I took her to the platform, and made sure she got on the right train, and on the return she took it herself. all well

OP posts:
MummyBear2352 · 31/05/2019 12:25

I started using the tube on my own at a similar age to visit friends (as well as bus and train). Maybe do a trial run before hand so she knows where to get on, off and for any changes? Ask her friend or friends parent to meet her off the tube at the other end?

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.