The study of more than 18,000 children, aged from 7 to 15, compared children’s independent mobility in 16 countries and England came 7th behind Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, and Germany.
Fear of traffic was given as the biggest worry as well as fear of strangers.
The Institute Director Ben Shaw said “Allowing children the freedom to get about in their local area unaccompanied by adults has been found to be important for their health and physical, mental, and social development. Yet we have found that children around the world have significant restrictions placed on their freedom to get about – to go to school, to visit friends and to get to places to play”
Apart from the fears mentioned above other factors included the child’s gender and whether or not they had a mobile phone.
Although the survey doesn’t explain the results Finland comes head and shoulders above other countries in the importance they place on bringing up children.