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Should a 5 year old be allowed to play outside unsupervised?

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Is is ok for a mom to stay inside the house while her 5 yr old is outside (out of her view)playing? I know someone who does this and normally the child stays close by, but recently that 5 yr old keeps wondering off farther and farther. So I guess my question is a two part one.
1) should this mom continue to allow her child to play outside unsupervised?
2) and if she does, how to teach that child to stay nearby and not wonder off?