New research in Wales, UK indicates that most adults would not swap their childhood for one today because of a lack of freedom. I think I agree with this. Children are "wrapped in cotton wool" nowadays out of necessity unfortunately, but they do miss out because of it. In our neck of the woods, you are not allowed to play ball games on the street. Children have pre-arranged play-dates, they don't just walk to a friends house and take a chance of them being at home. I used to play in the park with my friends, with no parent in sight. The swingset rested on a square of tarmac (not bark mulch or recycled tyre flooring). The swings were hard plastic rectangles, not soft plastic slings. We rode the rocking horse so high it almost came off its hinges (nothing to restrain its movement!) and swung manically on the Witches hat (now banned-see pic above) to see if it would come off its pole. Everthing is so safe now - where's the fun in that!
I was amazed and delighted to find some clips on YouTube of some of the TV shows I used to watch as a kid. Do you remember them...?