By Anna North  Jun 20, 2023, 6:30am EDT

The decline of American playtime — and how to resurrect it. The world can be terrifying. But we should still give kids the freedom to explore it.

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As a Black mom living in majority-white Orange County, California, Trina Greene Brown says she didn’t let her son play outside on his own. “Some people will call that helicopter parenting,” said Brown, the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Parenting for Liberation. “I would say it’s not helicopter parenting; it’s because Black people have often lived in helicopter environments where our children and ourselves and our bodies have been under heavy surveillance.”