Are we too paranoid about our child's safety?

Almost two thirds of people think it's more dangerous for children to walk to school now than it was 30 years ago, according to a poll carried out exclusively for Good Morning Britain

Fifty per cent of the 1,000 surveyed said traffic was their biggest fear, with 39 per cent citing stranger danger.

So why are parents too scared to let their children walk to school on their own? What age should we let them do it and what are the main dangers parents fear?

Jonathan Swain joins us live with a family in Great Dunmow, Essex - where mum Hayley Ledgerton says she wants her son to have independence but is too afraid to let him walk anywhere alone.

We're also joined by Anne Atkins, who has as 11 year old, as well as older children and thinks we are over-protective of our children.

Will your children be walking themselves to school this morning? At what age do you think they should have this independence? Let us know your thoughts by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook or by emailing by 7.30am on Monday 20 October. For full terms and conditions visit

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British Ebola nurse: 'Easy decision' to return to Africa

The British nurse who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and survived has spoken of the "easy decision" to return to west Africa to treat patients stricken with the disease.

Will Pooley was expected to have landed in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, on Sunday and will start work in an isolation unit on Monday.

Pooley, 29, was airlifted to London's Royal Free Hospital in August as the disease claimed 1,400 lives.

By mid-October the death toll stood at 4,555 and Pooley told the Guardianhe was determined to return to west Africa because he "can't see anything changing" in the West's attitude towards the region.

The Suffolk-born nurse said he could not stand "idly by" as the death toll rose even further, despite doctors warnings that he may not be immune to Ebola.

They have told me I very likely have immunity, at least for the near future, to this strain of Ebola. I have also been told it’s a possibility that I don’t, so I will just have to act as if I don’t.

– Will Pooley

Major blaze at Didcot power station under control

A fire which broke out at a huge power station in Didcot has been brought under control by emergency services, an official spokesman has said.

Some 70 firefighters attended the blaze which had been reported to the fire service by a member of the public .

The power station is one of a new generation of highly efficient gas burning facilities and is operated by RWE Npower.

The energy secretary Ed Davey tried to reassure consumers there was no risk to electricity supplies following the fire:

First, I want to thank the emergency services who are at Didcot working to tackle the blaze.

I’ve been reassured by National Grid that there is no risk to electricity supplies.

I will be keeping in touch with the relevant authorities throughout. My priority is to understand the cause of the fire and get the affected unit back generating electricity as soon as it's safe to do so.

– Ed Davey

Tough laws to prevent dog attacks come into force

Police and local councils will be able to impose tough penalties on dog owners if their mutt has been aggressive under new laws which come into effect from today.

Owners face a fine of £20,000 if a member of the public complains to police that their dog has been viscous towards them.

They could also be forced to take their dog to obedience classes, wear a muzzle or be fitted with a microchip if their pet pooch continues to act up.

Bald really is beautiful

Eleven ladies with alopecia have come together to appear in a calendar called Pretty Bald.

As well as raising money for the charity Alopecia UK, the women want to show the world that bald is beautiful.

They're here today (fully clothed!) to tell us more.

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