Let’s get right to it. Would you allow your underage child to use Uber for transportation? This question recently came to mind after learning on the news of a 33 year old Uber driver on Long Island was found to be having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl after picking her up as a customer. I’m not clear if this happened immediately or if it happened over time, but it happened and now the driver is being charged with statutory rape.
So my question is, would you allow your child to use Uber? We tell our kids to not get into cars with strangers, and then Uber comes along and we say indirectly that it’s okay to get into cars with a strangers. I know you can say the same with taxis, etc. but they are regulated. I personally don’t believe I would allow my kids to use Uber alone unless they were riding with 1 or 2 others. There’s safety in numbers, right? I do understand that a 16 year old can begin making some of their own decisions, but clearly this wasn’t a good one on both of their ends.
I mean, when we find ourselves in a transportation bind like just recently, we joke and say, “Let’s put them in an Uber.” But we’re just joking. My kids are way to young for that and I would have a coronary if I found out this happened.
After speaking with the girls in my empowerment program, I learned that they really don’t understand what statutory rape is. Some actually believe that as long as the person willingly agrees to the act, it’s okay. I had to stop and Google the actual meaning of the word and read it aloud so they would all understand.
But would you allow your kid to take an Uber? I understand that not all families are able to transport their kids wherever they need to be for personal reasons such as work. However, I’m sure I would ask a friend to assist first, or have my child walk to a nearby library, restaurant or stay at school until I can come pick them up.
Call me paranoid. That’s fine. I’m okay with it. I’ll take it.
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