Galant asked about bear in the comments, so I thought I would do a brief recap.
Bear was originally known as little bear, but I shortened it to bear when he was big enough to attend school. He's freakishly good at maths, fairly energetic, plays football, loathes going any further than the end of the street (which is the distance to his current school), has a maths tutor as a treat, a piano tutor as a penance (although he is now doing a very good version of 'Hall of the Mountain King') and has his own Views. Arguments over homework have become the stuff of legend which I believe is normal. He is very much his own person and at ten years old is starting to look like a young lad rather than a child.
He has just started going to school and back on his own. As I said, it is a very short distance with no roads, but it seems such a big step. This week he started chatting online to pals while playing computer games. I am very nervous about this. They are all kids he knows in real life from school and DH and I have looked at the very dull chat logs and I'm in the same room and school is reinforcing the 'safe online' message but it's scary. Not allowing could leave him left out at school. I know kids younger than him that have access to Facebook, Imgur and allsorts. But he's only ten!
Today was the second in three sports days this half term. Bear went in wearing more or less his team colours and was looking forward to it. When he got home I asked about it and said that the day had been called off half way through and the school went into lockdown due to an escaped prisoner in the area who may or may not have been armed and the police hunting him. Bear said that they were all rushed inside with the lights out, the blinds down and all the kids hiding under the desk. He said that afterwards they watched 'Shrek'. He is now getting cuddles in quantity, whether he likes it or not.