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Old 06-18-2007, 07:41 PM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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My daughter and a couple of her friends have this great opportunity to travel abroad (all expenses paid) at the invitation of one of their friends whos family has been transferred . The girls are 13. Our first thought was "terrific- lets apply for her passport" , which we did) . Now Mom is starting to stress out about the potential hazards of sending 2 or 3 13 year old girls on a 17 hour trip to the opposite side of the globe without adult supervision. Its not so much the girls- they are an extremely responsible group - but what could happen along the way: a. missed connections b. delays c. predators d. illness e. what have you.
My view ( Dad's view) has been that the rewards well outweigh the risks which are either minute, or such that the girls can handle them. But I am beginning to think that this decision will go easier if someone from the airline could be there for the girls, as a kind of chapperone. I understand this is commonly done for minors. What do you think? Do you have any experience with this sort of thing? Where do you see the risks? Thanks, S.
Here is my intake:
Yes, the positive things outweigh the negative...but proper precaution must be taken. There are young kids (younger then 13) being send, daily, to other states or other countries, to visit mom/ dad, or relatives.
Most airlines, with a fee, will chaperone those girls, from the beginning at the arrival at the airport, all the way when they land and being released to whomever they need to be released to (You will have to supply your name as well as the persons name picking them up, address, any phone numbers, including emergency info etc) .
The individual picking them up from the airport, however, has to bring 2 forms of identification, if not, the girls will NOT be released!
I know, there has been a lot of bad things happening in this world, especially with girls. But, with proper precaution, proper planning and proper measures it will be fine, and the girls will never be unsupervised.
Let them go, because young kids traveling alone overseas is not as uncommon as one might think (thank's in part of custody rulings!!!)
Hope, they will have a BLAST!!!
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:23 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I haven't read all the replies, but I'd have to add a nay. I have a younger daughter, but I wouldn't send my 13-year-old daughter to China with no adult supervision, fantastic opportunity or not, not at that age, no matter the maturity level. Since it's an all expenses paid trip, perhaps you or one of the other parents can buy a ticket and tag along, or pool your money and hire someone else to escort the girls?
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:30 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I haven't read all the replies, but I'd have to add a nay. I have a younger daughter, but I wouldn't send my 13-year-old daughter to China with no adult supervision, fantastic opportunity or not, not at that age, no matter the maturity level. Since it's an all expenses paid trip, perhaps you or one of the other parents can buy a ticket and tag along, or pool your money and hire someone else to escort the girls?
That is the best suggestion I have seen re: how to get these girls to China. The key word in "mature 13 year old" is "13". Mature for a 13 yr old, maybe. Mature? No.
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