Were my parents too trusting?

Starting at the age of 9, I was allowed to walk home from school and vice-versa alone, go with my friend to a huge shopping mall and return late in the afternoon, stay home alone for several hours (a couple times till the evening... I already knew how to cook some things), walk several blocks to the park, talk a public transportation to several places, etc.

In my parents' view, I was a kid with street smarts that already knew basic rules such as not trusting nor opening the door to strangers. Meanwhile my boyfriend and best friend think differently. They think my parents just got lucky nothing happened to me. In your opinion, were they too trusting?
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My boyfriend and friend think I could've easily been another missing child and that whether I was streetsmart or not I was still just a kid.
Were my parents too trusting?
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