I think your example of a molested kid who goes on to molest is a bit unrealistic; I was both a “free range” kid and a victim of molestation; but managed to NOT go on to molest other kids when I got older. All the mollycoddling “supervision” isn’t teaching children any sense of accountability to others, and that’s more the problem than whether they’re “free range” or not. Those who don’t learn to be self-responsible, and accountable to others tend to go really “nutso” when they get to college and out from under that for the first time! In fact, that’s probably a defining factor in the messes we’re seeing on campuses now; combined with the whole “social” justice nonsense; and it IS nonsense! There’s NO such thing as “social” justice; and it’s creating more INJUSTICE than justice of any sort! But that’s another issue. Children need to learn certain things in “windows of opportune learning”, and accountability to fellows is one of those lessons; if not learned at the proper time, it seems never to be learned. Adulthood isn’t that time; it’s in the 1st decade of life.