I was dropped off at the mall to hang out when I was 13 years old. I feel that is way too young. At that time ofcourse I thought it was great, lol. But now that I'm a mother and times they have-a-changed there's no way my kids would be dropped off that young. In fact, when I was 18 I knew a girl who was abducted at gun point in the same mall I was left at when I was only 13 years old. That's very scary. The guy raped her and took her back to the mall and dropped her off later. She was alone and that made it easier for the man but still and yet it was scary knowing I had been going out there to hang out at a much, much younger age.
I also had another two friends who would hitch hike a lot when we were teens and they got picked up by a guy they thought they knew and he drove them from the same mall supposedly home but drove them somewhere else. He didn't hurt them but he gave them a very good scare. They trusted him. They were only 15 at the time.
Funny, how when you're a teen you are cool and want to do cool things when mom and dad aren't around. It's sooo easy to say your kid is mature enough in your eyes, but you have no idea what choices they are making while alone without you there. I made some pretty scary choices back then and I'm so surprised I made it through my teenage years alive and untouched. In fact, I was a church going, good grades, perfect little girl at home. Ofcourse I wouldn't make bad choices outside the home while totally alone
I often wonder "what on earth were my parents thinking?" by letting me do things totally unchaperoned at such a young age. I guess as long as they felt "I" was happy and "I" was out of their hair then they didn't care what I was doing.
how sad. I can say, without a doubt, it ain't happening with my own children.