Oh, yeah. We got sunburned at the start of every summer. It was normal. So, as has been mentioned, was riding entirely unrestrained in the open backs of pickup trucks; kids of nearly all ages. My parents were weird: they made me ride in the back seat even if there was nobody else in the front, and wouldn’t let me stand up while the car was moving; but I remember once riding in a little area behind the front seats of a two-seater car which wasn’t a seat at all, I was quite small but had to lie down in it sideways to fit.
If we got thirsty while playing outside, and we were near a creek or other running water that looked reasonably clean, we’d just drink from the creek. 1950’s/60’s.
People routinely passed water jugs or other drinking jugs around a group, kids and/or adults, well into the 1980’s, at least where I was (and I was a number of places during those years.)
TriPolar, very sorry about your sore head! Spanking children was common, including in public; but I don’t remember ever even seeing anyone being actually beaten. I was lucky.