Barefooting has health benefits for every stage of life, but especially for children as their feet grow and develop. Children tend to naturally want to go barefoot, but shoe companies include footwear with blinking lights, bright colors, and work to indoctrinate kids into not having free feet.
Therefore, parents and guardians need to work purposefully to transition children to a barefoot lifestyle. This article in WikiHow gives several tips and activities to encourage kids to shed footwear and want to stay barefoot.
Read the entry at How to Transition Your Kids to a Barefoot Lifestyle