Why are drivers and pedestrians more aggressive to Children?
My 12 year old son cycles to school every day, normally I am with him but I've noticed that when he drops back a bit and people do not realise we are together they are often verbally aggressive towards him.
Today he cycled home on his own and 3 people swore at him during his 30 min ride! Now you might be thinking did he do something to deserve this?
Everyone thinks their child is an angel so I can appreciate cynicism but I am constantly told by strangers, teachers and playworkers that he is well mannered and a credit to me. He is not however confident on his bike and is easily intimidated by cars and at least two of the incidents involved him wobbling when vehicles came close to him. The third was a Van driver swearing at him for nearly scratching his van as he over took my son on a narrow part of Pitfield St N1 (one of Hackney's busiest commuter routes!).
Are there any parents out there with similar experiences?