Alright we have for years been learning new stuff like most parents and now we are to the part where our oldest (boy) is 8 and between 2nd and 3rd grade. We have probably always been perceived as "up tight" because we haven't let our son roam as some of the other parents have.
One particular boy who is actually a whole year younger than my son is at our house now. He always just shows up and is never invited. We usually tell my son that he can't have someone over unless it is planned. But tonight i am feeling soft and so my son is playing with the kid. This kid has been roaming the streets since he was five and his parents never know where he is. Last year at a game i was coaching, the kid wasn't even there. His dad couldn't find him. Turns out he stopped at a friends house to play and skipped the game.
Now it appears they have given him a cell phone so they can relieve their conscience. So what do (did) you all do? Are your doors wide open 24 hours a day? I don't think I'll ever be up for that, let alone at 8 years old. Did you let your 8 year old roam the streets alone? We live in a town of 50,000. Not a metropolis, but plenty can go wrong here.