I don't see what the big deal is. "Urban life" is for everyone living within that urban area, kids included. Them being excluded is either a problem on the part of the parents (over-protectionism) or a problem with the surrounding environment (unsafe). Which unfortunately, is largely the case in much of the world. I'm certainly quite thankful my parents gave me enough independence as a child and could go to school myself, and explore the neighbourhood and even the city from a relatively young age, and was sent on errands, etc.
Only one of these countries could be described as "Anglo-Saxon" (UK). It is an ethnic group, not a language.The Anglo-Saxon world...UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand