All children do silly things that is part of the growth process! But at what level does your child do this? Do the participate in dangerous activity? So they sneak off to do harmful things? Does your child behave when they do not know they are being observed? All of these variables come into consideration when choosing how closely to monitor your child. Where you live is an other consideration. Do you live in the country where it is unlikely your children will run into strangers? Or do you live in the main part of a major city where there is a lot of people coming and going everyday. Is there a park or other area where gangs or other undesirable people hang out and will your child access these areas when you are not watching them?
It is important to build a level of independence in our children. They need to feel that they can come to you with any problem and know when to get help! If we monitor them to closely then they never find the confidence to stand up tall on their own. We will not be able to be by their sides for ever and we need to know they will be great on their own!