What kind of technology scared parents in the 1930s? Radio.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? If you’re a parent, you probably spend a lot of time worrying about what little Johnny and Britney are getting up to on their computers, tablets, and smartphones. She added that the biggest worry radio gave parents was how it interfered with other interests — conversation, music practice, group games and reading. Now let’s rewind a bit. Getting up to no good with SnapChat? Sexting? Read the whole article here. Are they watching porn? In the early 1930s a group of mothers from Scarsdale, New York, pushed radio broadcasters to change programs they thought were too “overstimulating, frightening and emotionally overwhelming” for kids, said Margaret Cassidy, a media historian at Adelphi University in New York who authored a chronicle of American kids and media. Parents have always worried about how their kids might use new technology in the way they inevitably will. Viewing YouTube videos that will put weird thoughts in their head? Called the Scarsdale Moms, their activism led the National Association of Broadcasters to come up with a code of ethics around children’s programming in which they pledged not to portray criminals as heroes and to refrain from glorifying greed, selfishness and disrespect for authority. As this article points out, parents of the 1930s were freaked out about their kids using this thing called “radio.”
“The radio seems to find parents more helpless than did the funnies, the automobile, the movies and other earlier invaders of the home, because it can not be locked out or the children locked in,” Sidonie Matsner Gruenberg, director of the Child Study Association of America, told The Washington Post in 1931. God knows what evil you’d commit. And your own phone? Your folks might have been dead against you having a TV in your bedroom because they were sure I’d spend all your time watching stuff you weren’t supposed to.
What kind of technology scared parents in the 1930s? Radio.