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From penny press to Snapchat: Parents fret through the ages

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY

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“"This whole idea that we even worry about what kids are doing is pretty much a 20th century thing," said Katie Foss, “

Huh? My grandma told me that in 1899, at the age of 15, she was not allowed by her parents (who were quite ordinary and in no way religious extremists or anything) to go on picnics with her classmates if any of the boys were included in the group. They were worried a mixed group would lead to engaging in some kind of silly games that would lead to too much familiarity. Or that boy-girl couples would sneak off behind the trees and “smooch”. She said most of the other girls were under similar restrictions.on Sundays, as they walked to and from church, she had to walk in front of her parents to make sure no boys could sneak in a chat or a bit of hand holding behind their backs.

Methinks parents have been worrying about their kids for quite a long while.

Mom second thought, did Foss mean up to the end of the 20th century parents worried but now don’t? But that doesn’t seem to jive with the contents of the article. ....I’m getting confused .....

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