20 Things '60s Kids Did That Wouldn't Fly Today

By Sophia Maddox | February 15, 2024

Kids Were Free To Play With Fireworks Unsupervised

The good old days vary from one generation to the next. For many people, though, the good old days were the 1960s. It was a simpler time when parents let their kids run loose without worrying about any possible dangers. Kids could take a few dollars and see a movie and grab some snacks while bringing home some change. As much as we love the decade, it wasn't always sunshine and roses. Check out some of the things kids did in the 1960s that would horrify us today.

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Many states have strict rules and regulations on purchasing fireworks now because they want to keep residents safe. In the 1960s, kids could walk into almost any neighborhood store and use their allowance money to buy fireworks. These weren't the black snakes and sparklers you see today either; they were real fireworks that had a real impact. Around the 4th of July, the sound of firecrackers was a common sound in most neighborhoods.



 

If you don't think this sounds too bad, keep in mind that the fireworks didn't have modern safety regulations and that they usually didn't have adult supervision. Not only was there a risk of one going off in their hand, but they could also damage property when they played with or threw them. This photo shows another potential danger as kids shook fireworks that produced a lot of sparks around others.

Kids Regularly Drank From The Water Hose

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With all the chemicals used in modern products, parents are quite protective over what their kids drink. Some parents don't even let their kids drink from plastic water bottles and instead send them to school with reusable bottles. If you were a kid in the 1960s who wanted some water, you didn't reach for a bottle because the garden hose was right there. A quick sip was all you needed before you got back to the action.



 

While it might not sound too bad, remember what happens to a water hose. It sits all day and every day. Kids drag it around the yard where it picks up germs and dirt. On top of that, they can attract urine and feces from both wild and neighborhood animals. The smiling kids featured in this photo probably wouldn't smile if they knew what lurked on that hose.