19Kids were allowed to take more risks
Though children still play outside nowadays, they might be monitored a bit more than their predecessors. For one, helicopter parenting became popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. According to Psychology Today, this damaged the concept of independence for adults who grew up this way.
Looking at this picture, we
can see that children 100 years ago were simply allowed to play. For better or worse, instead of expecting to be exceedingly safe, children were encouraged to play outside and take risks.