Some exerts from the article on free range kids below...
Letting youngsters explore their surroundings without an adult present is "one of the best things a parent can do for their child's physical health and personal development", researchers claim.
Professor Roger Mackett, who led the study, said: "Allowing children to leave the house without an accompanying adult has significant benefits.
"The health benefits are clear, but without action the less tangible benefits of increased independence and self-reliance will be lost.
"That may be a very great loss with many implications."
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