When I was 10 or 11, I used to ride my bike 5 or 6 miles to our local theater to watch movies or cartoons. I had a lot of freedom. Now, in the same town, El Monte in Los Angeles, I doubt kids are free to move about as I was when I was a kid.
It's not the same world. Later we lived in Venice Beach California, and there were 3 murders within a year within a block of our house. One of our kids had a paper route, same as I had when I was a kid. Except now, I drove the kid around to drop off the papers. It got so bad in Venice Beach, police helicopters were flying over our house with their intense searchlights on, several times a week, one time a fugitive actually flew over our fence and was trapped a few doors down. We got tired of that and moved to Scottsdale Arizona, where we had a couple of years of peace. Then got transferred to Bethleham/Allentown Pa and have had problems with thieves and attacks on our kids. No indeed, it is not the same world.
It's really a shame, financially we lost our butts, the house we lived in by Venice Beach just sold for 750,000 bucks. Sigh.