Woman in Florida charged with a felony for letting 7 year old walk to the park.
I expect people from different areas to have different views on this but almost all of the parents around here would be in prison if this were the case here.
My parents and the parents of my friends would have been such offenders that they would have been in prison for life.
When I was 7 years old (and younger) there wasn't a place in town (Key West) there wasn't a place in town I didn't walk to alone. It was nothing for me to walk down to the movie theater and watch a movie or go play in the mangrove swamps over near the edge of the island.
When I would visit my grandfather in Alabama for the summer we (or I) would leave out on the horses after milking the cow and having breakfast and ride all over the county. I wouldn't come home until it started to get dark and I realized it was time for supper.
The only reason I wasn't just as big an offender as my parents is that I liked to play with my kids and join all of those same adventures so I was usually with them...but not all of the time. My kids walked to the park, to friend's houses, and to local ponds to fish and swim all the time when I was at work.