I was brought up in a small town in central USA. As a child, I was able to be out till dark and wander around and we didn't have to lock our doors. We have lived in different places. We did live in one city. But for the most part, small towns. Now, I let my kids play outside without supervision since they were like 5. I'd let them ride their bikes up and down the street without watching. I never worried about them. Now, I would check up on them every so often and I would look out the window so it wasn't like it was completely unsupervised, I just didn't feel like I had to be out there with them all the time. This wouldn't be all the time, just when I had things to do inside that I couldn't put off. I would go outside and play with them most times. So, I guess I just don't understand parents that freak out when they hear about a child being outside without an adult. I know there are bad people out there and things happen. The town I grew up in and the town I live in now aren't small enough where we know everyone's names but we aren't in the100,000 either. The town we live in is under 10,000. I'm not bashing anyone here. Just give me an insight to your thinking.