I have 5 kids, 4 are boys (loud and active
) under the age of 9
and hives in the backyard and in the house...I have about 1/2 acre lot in the suburbs. The only stings we get are from stupidity, mostly mine, or from trying to catch them on flowers.
We have lots of trees back there, so the bees go mostly straight up before flying off. That can be achieved by a well placed fence. I think that all of my neighbors know about them.
My biggest concern was all of the pools in the area, but so far it hasn't been a problem. Second concern is swarming, and I've been able to avoid that for the most part.