How old do your kids have to be before you start letting them out of your sight these days? I was allowed to roam the streets near my house in Staten Island when I was about 8 years old. I wasn't allowed to walk home from school without a friend, however, until I was in sixth grade. As times are changing drastically by the day, has the 'age of independence' increased? Between overpopulation and the increased threat of abductors on our streets, I think more and more parents are skeptical of allowing their children to roam freely. What do you think? Leave your comments below.