Ideally, towns and cities should be sites where children socialise, observe and learn how society functions. They should also be places where children can find refuge, discover nature, and find tolerant and caring adults who will encourage them to explore and wonder about their world. A generation ago, children were far more likely to play independently in their own neighbourhood than they are today. The child's right to free play in a city is something we may be giving away too lightly.
Social life and customs