I think parental supervision plays such a huge part in raising children who are good. In my neighborhood, the parental supervision level is exceptionally low. I think there is probably a correlation between income level and the amount of supervision children receive.
There is a gang of kids in my neighborhood that are always riding bikes, scooters and other things in the middle of the street. Average age of this pack is probably around 6. I think that is WAY too young to let children play in a neighborhood unsupervised. Here is a picture I took this afternoon as the gang cruised through on their bikes, scooters, and now a jeep. All in the middle of the street. Something bad could easily happen. I hope it doesn't. JM