This is 13 year old Laura Dekker.
Who should make the call to decide when a child is ready to do anything ? the parents or the state ? or the child his or herself ?
Surely we all mature at different rates. Presumably it depends on the activity as well.
At 12 years old Rupali Ramdas Repale successfully swam the English Channel, in 1994.
Here is a picture of her at the start of her English Channel swim.
Our guest, Mike, who piloted her boat, thought that she was too young.
Do you agree?
This lad seems to be conquering African mountains without any problem — and he’s only 10!
But where do we draw the line? How old should a child be before they start helping out on the family farm? Or go off travelling on their own?