5-year-old Kid Takes The MRT Alone | On The Red Dot | CNA Insider

  • Published on Jan 27, 2019
  • While helicopter parenting may be resulting from Singapore families choosing to have fewer kids, mum Serena Ong and dad Kai Keong are challenging their 5-year-old son, Nathanael, to be more independent. He is tasked to take his dad’s laptop from their home in Simei to dad’s office in Marina One all by himself.

    #OnTheRedDot’s new series “Old Enough!” is adapted from the popular long-running series from Japan’s Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) and showcases 9 determined preschoolers overcoming their fears and running errands on their own for the very first time.
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Comments • 2 804

  • Ruby3023
    Ruby3023 4 hours ago

    What country is this? Why are they speaking English?

  • Billie Subliminals
    Billie Subliminals 10 hours ago +1

    It’s probably a really fun journey for him😂

  • 민아minah
    민아minah Day ago


  • Agustaena , Sadie

    Ayee I love a city kid :) I did that when I was his age, just traveled around the city (with permission of course) Cuz I was a smart child

  • Diana Thesee
    Diana Thesee Day ago

    This isn't cute it's cruel!!!!

  • HelloGirlyGamer Gacha

    That's a polite little man! I'm very grateful for that mother have that kind of child but of course every child different in there own way

  • Azio Chen
    Azio Chen 2 days ago

    The kids will be gone in 5 mins if they do it in my country

  • Hue
    Hue 2 days ago +1

    When i was 5 this was very normal. I did all the housework and walk home and walk to school by myself too. Weekdays I would first had to do my homework, wash clothing, clean the house. and then cook for myself too. I would go snacks in grocery stores if i find coins around the house. Kids these days are spoiled and pussies. What happened to our society that our kids became such crybabies.

  • Ahmed Khan
    Ahmed Khan 2 days ago

    Great video. I really liked it and keep making more videos like these.

  • Jacob Kurian
    Jacob Kurian 2 days ago

    This kid is a young god

  • Deadpranker And gamer

    So cute

  • crushed ice lemonade
    crushed ice lemonade 2 days ago +1


  • Ella’s Garden
    Ella’s Garden 2 days ago


  • Chronic Hypno
    Chronic Hypno 2 days ago

    Until he gets grabbed by a pedophile

  • SaRu Xx
    SaRu Xx 2 days ago

    I’m 11 and if I don’t see my mom in the mall for 2 mins I will start drama😀😂😂😂

  • MclarenYT
    MclarenYT 2 days ago

    3:37 *That's why you need a train with smoother acceleration*

  • PejanIs
    PejanIs 2 days ago +1

    This kid can travel on his own and i can’t even peel an orange 😐

  • mrs voice
    mrs voice 2 days ago

    Wow he's amazing

  • Inne xxi
    Inne xxi 3 days ago +3

    Yeah its true, the anxiety or the fear is from the mother /the parents not the child, because thats happen to me also, i work in the city, and it took about 4/5 hours from my hometown, so i have to stay there, and my parents didn't let me go alone, my father whould accompany me until to the workplace. And i was 18 that time 😂, even tho now, they still worried so much, when i go home alone, or go somewhere alone, they'll keep calling me so many times,😂
    But they never been so worried to my little brother whenever he going somewhere alone, even to the city, they'll just told him to call them when he reach.

  • Joelis Ayala
    Joelis Ayala 3 days ago

    Woman: pokemon power you have pokemon
    Me: I wish someone would care of me like she helped the boy

  • satria O
    satria O 3 days ago

    awasome... cleaver child... love him..

  • fish is fish
    fish is fish 4 days ago

    Imagine this in manila

  • PetraGreene
    PetraGreene 4 days ago

    Sooo cute!!!

  • Bri- bri
    Bri- bri 4 days ago +1

    Even my mom won’t let me walk to school/Back to my house from school when it’s across the street from where I lived and I’m 10

  • Maya4You
    Maya4You 4 days ago

    “No need. You can seat.” 😆

  • asa vlogs all truth revealed

    his 5 wat the hek

  • RoYaL
    RoYaL 4 days ago

    Lmao so you boost his confidence one time but the next time he asks you already know you’re not letting him go alone 😂😂

  • natalie crew
    natalie crew 4 days ago

    Cruel but cool

  • Free Mind
    Free Mind 4 days ago

    He is going to becoming a hassler. Haha cute boy!

  • Akirachu
    Akirachu 5 days ago +1

    I was 8 when my mom aloud me to go up and down a elavator alone

  • Chris Star
    Chris Star 5 days ago

    Use the Pokemon power 😂

  • Cosmo
    Cosmo 5 days ago

    Remember Huang Na? Too much confidence in others isn't a good thing.

  • GTK
    GTK 5 days ago

    why's he speaking english in that asian country?

  • Yoon Woo Lee
    Yoon Woo Lee 5 days ago

    The change is dopamine

  • GamingBlues
    GamingBlues 6 days ago +1

    Pokemon Power 👏

  • Night Shadow
    Night Shadow 6 days ago

    I wanna see more of this!

  • Jessica may
    Jessica may 6 days ago

    He's so polite

  • Jess Bostock
    Jess Bostock 6 days ago +1

    When people are scared
    Other people: I'm not scared I'm not scared
    Me: I need the power of anime

  • Jess Bostock
    Jess Bostock 6 days ago

    1:38 me when I'm scared

  • David Wong
    David Wong 6 days ago

    Tiananmen square what's happened China's😭😭😭😭don't hides😨😨😨😨😨🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Ya Girl Joce
    Ya Girl Joce 6 days ago +1

    im nearly 11 and im scared to even ask for the wifi password

  • little girl Española
    little girl Española 6 days ago +1

    Man Utd what's wrong babe - koawe you know... 5 year-old...

  • HappyWatcher
    HappyWatcher 6 days ago

    wow im much older and im gonna frickin cry if im alone !!!

  • deep fried fish
    deep fried fish 7 days ago

    Nice Crocs kid

  • Liam Coyne
    Liam Coyne 7 days ago

    I found a couple better ways:
    1. Board the bus 12/12e, get off 12 stops later at Bugis Junction, then board the train at Bugis and get off 3 stops later before walking the rest of the way

  • Beren Bingol :D
    Beren Bingol :D 7 days ago

    And theres me that 10 year old who cant even survive a minute without my mum

  • EdwardJamesCrockford
    EdwardJamesCrockford 7 days ago +1

    He's so sweet

  • kaylee Dog lover
    kaylee Dog lover 7 days ago +2

    ....brave boy ! I like if u thought he was brave

  • Akira
    Akira 7 days ago

    A 5 year old has a laptop and I can't even have a laptop at age 15,imma punch someone.

  • Siltas Game
    Siltas Game 7 days ago

    Hes not alone hes with the cameraman lmao

  • Mazni Mustafa
    Mazni Mustafa 7 days ago


  • Wheezing Bons
    Wheezing Bons 7 days ago

    Am I the only one who's mentally freaking out about how this precious and pure child can get kidnapped easily-?
    Or how I thought the dad would just take the laptop and go without saying anything

  • jay hawq
    jay hawq 8 days ago

    It’s fake right? The kid can see the cameras, right? I’m stupid

  • kendrick shakur
    kendrick shakur 8 days ago

    He went for like a 2 hour ride to his dads office and he wasn't scared and when i go outside right out the door I'm already scared lol

  • Dunnno Odd3sout
    Dunnno Odd3sout 8 days ago

    Does anyone know the Chinese

  • Tanveer Ahmed13
    Tanveer Ahmed13 8 days ago +1

    I’m only 10 and my mom doesn’t even let me go upstairs to my cousin😂😂😂
    What kind of logic is that😂😂😂😂

  • Idontwanna seeyoucry
    Idontwanna seeyoucry 8 days ago +1

    If I did this I would have cried I'm older then him AND I CANNOT EVEN GO OUT MYSELF

  • Summer Lee
    Summer Lee 8 days ago

    He is so sweet and polite😍 I wish I could have a son like him one day!! Lol

  • Catch me Knuckles
    Catch me Knuckles 9 days ago

    He has such good manners!

  • Gold & Silver VS Crisis & Collapse

    This borders on child abuse. Channel News Abuse is more like it, what kind of parents force a 5yo WHO DOESN'T WANT TO participate in your sick social experiment to do so. Kid doesn't know your guys are around, and is probably traumatised. Hope he grows up and tells his parents to f off with his new found independence

  • Sdp Gamer
    Sdp Gamer 9 days ago

    He can ride the train but I can’t even stay at home alone. I’m 11. I WILL NEVER GET A GF

  • Peachy Princess
    Peachy Princess 9 days ago

    Oh my hell this littlelly made me scream I was so sad

  • Jati Nugraha
    Jati Nugraha 9 days ago

    he can complete this task because of pokemon's power 🐍

  • _Chrysanthemum _
    _Chrysanthemum _ 10 days ago +3

    Is someone going to talk about the fact that he is literally talking to his Pokémon? Nice trainer.

    PIXEL CAR 10 days ago

    I would be like the same sad wants my dad (only parent i got)

  • Nacho Man MLG
    Nacho Man MLG 10 days ago

    He’s a berry brave little man, I probably couldn’t do it myself really.

  • Nikita Chan
    Nikita Chan 10 days ago

    Wow I would never do that and I am like 8 lol

  • xDestiny -_-
    xDestiny -_- 10 days ago +1

    And I am 14 and my mom doesn’t let cross the street.. bruh

  • shyru Dsouza
    shyru Dsouza 11 days ago

    if I have pokémon beyblade and money I would travel like hell

  • Bubble
    Bubble 11 days ago +3

    This is the cutest video I’ve even seen.

  • Not_ Mae
    Not_ Mae 11 days ago

    omg its like one bundle of cuteness wrapped up in clothes and a pikachu back pack

  • cool kid
    cool kid 12 days ago

    love it

  • Jessica may
    Jessica may 12 days ago

    He's so Polite

  • Allyson Reformado
    Allyson Reformado 12 days ago

    Is that singapore omgggg

  • EliteGamer 252525
    EliteGamer 252525 12 days ago +1


  • Aiskxrimu
    Aiskxrimu 12 days ago

    When I was 5 I was watching Dora and eating sand

  • Mochii
    Mochii 13 days ago +1

    *ok this is kinda cruel*

  • HWAplayZ
    HWAplayZ 13 days ago

    Da pokemonpower is strong withinhim

  • Mason mason
    Mason mason 13 days ago

    These fuckers should learn to speak their own fucking language instead of that of their former masters

  • Ideal Flamingo
    Ideal Flamingo 13 days ago +1

    _They're Asians, obv_

  • multiplayer master kid Gaming

    Because i went to singapore and there are alot of apartments cheap apartments like that i know

  • multiplayer master kid Gaming

    Ohh this is at singapore

  • Kylie Kylie
    Kylie Kylie 13 days ago

    Sorry. Singapore is an amazing country, but we couldn't let such a thing happen in my country here. Too many crimes. I'm 18 and too scared to take public transportation by myself :(

  • Supernova Inc
    Supernova Inc 13 days ago +1

    Do all Singaporean kids talk in English exclusively?

  • Rony Bui
    Rony Bui 13 days ago

    He looks and acts exactly like me when i was a child.

  • Psycho potato gacha Playz

    Um he’s not alone the camera men is with him dude “challenge”?

  • Cyrill John C. Delacruz

    " Use your pokemon power, you have a pokemon " Wow?! Im shook! A 5 years old boy got his pokemon at that age. You lucky!

  • Cyrill John C. Delacruz

    Im 18 and still scared to go alone

  • SambuGames
    SambuGames 14 days ago

    Boy: I change my mind
    Boy cries of fear of death

  • Alex Zhang
    Alex Zhang 15 days ago

    this is unsafe for his age

  • Jaffa Mackintosh
    Jaffa Mackintosh 15 days ago

    give me a high five, you have pokemon power

    i died

  • JD Videos
    JD Videos 16 days ago

    The very first time i took the mrt alone was 12.
    I feel old

  • *Tea* *Time*
    *Tea* *Time* 16 days ago +2

    0:36 I thought it said "Get off 17 hours later."😂😂

  • Adnan Ramadan
    Adnan Ramadan 16 days ago

    This kid has %100 confidance..

  • Vector_Cozmo_Sebby
    Vector_Cozmo_Sebby 16 days ago

    I’m 11 and I wouldn’t do this lol

  • Orange Orange
    Orange Orange 16 days ago

    Use your Pokémon power

  • Guinevere •
    Guinevere • 16 days ago +1

    I'm 15 and I can't even order on a restaurant or talk to the clerk on my own lol

  • heaven jxngkook
    heaven jxngkook 16 days ago

    i cant even go on the mtr by myself for 5 stops. nathanael, you are so amazing and brave.

  • Austria Twins gaming
    Austria Twins gaming 16 days ago

    Women this not a good idea