I remember when I first moved to Seattle from Montana in the early 90s and occasionally the family I lived with would ask me to escort their first grade daughter from the library where she waited after school to her house when their schedules didn’t permit it. It was about 5 blocks, I think. I said, “Of course, I’m happy to do this, but I think when we were that age we walked home by ourselves.” The mother(from a small town in Nebraska) said, “Oh, of course we did, but but things are different now.” She was right, of course. I remember when I was 4 or 5, one of my jobs was driving the neighbors milk cows back toward their place and although it was only a quarter mile or so away, it was out of sight of our house. He let them out to graze the roadside and since we left our gate open a lot, they would come in and lounge around. The funny thing is I was a very sheltered child by the standards of the time. My mother forbad playing around building sites and other stuff that friends did. But by the standards of today, I was a free-range kid, I guess.