On the show, kids ride their bikes and have adventures on their own. Here’s what one of the show’s stars, Millie Bobby Brown, says about then versus now in an interview with Jen Chaney at Vulture:
As somebody who wasn’t alive in the ’80s, what felt weird to you about kind of going back in time and seeing how things were back then? Was it the lack of modern technology?
I think it was the freedom. Because they had so much freedom back then and I’m very limited in my freedom now, because I can’t go outside without my mom literally standing right beside me. It’s crazy because my mom and dad always said, “We used to ride our bike down to the shop and we’d get a pint of milk and go back.” And I’m like, goodness, I would never do that. If I told my mom I was going to go down and get a pint of milk and some sweets she’d be like, “Right. Okay. Well, go get in your sister’s car and we’ll ask your sister.” It’s never happening. I go to boxing, and my mom walks me — because I box every day — my mom always just walks me straight to the door.
Let’s pause to thank the Stranger Things’ producers for reminding us that giving kids some freedom used to be normal. Even if the show isn’t. – L