Most people know about Uber, even if they don’t use it themselves. The way it works is that drivers, just regular people driving their own cars, register with the company. After they pass a background check, a driver is allowed to begin picking up fares. Unlike a taxi driver, though, and Uber driver never handles any money. The customer uses the Uber app, pays via their cell phone, and then the driver is given their part of the fare by the company. Uber is easy, convenient, and used by people all over the United States.
However, despite it’s popularity, it’s important to remember two things. First, that there have been instances of assault committed by Uber drivers, and that in order to use the service someone has to be 18 years old, or older.
How Are Kids Using Uber?
How are kids using Uber if it’s against the rules for them to do so? Well, according to Business Insider, lots of drivers are breaking the rules. For example, if a parent calls an Uber car to shuttle his kids home from soccer practice, then the driver should see what’s happening, and refuse the fare. The same is true if a young adult uses their parent’s account to call for an Uber ride. However, when a driver refuses too many pick-ups that will A) cut into the driver’s earnings, and B) can result in the driver being dropped by Uber. On the other hand, breaking the rules is also a good way to lose your position as a driver, which puts people in a damned if you do, and damned if you don’t sort of position.
This means that many drivers have picked up kids when they shouldn’t. What’s worse, though, is that parents often have a false sense of safety when using Uber for their children’s transportation needs. Because, while Uber drivers are put through a basic background check, the keyword there is basic. Uber drivers aren’t given anywhere near the level of scrutiny as, say, official taxi drivers. But because Uber runs from a secure app on your phone, and because it’s a hugely successful business, lots of parents trust the service (and the service’s drivers) with their children.
Set A Good Example When It Comes To Technology
The world is becoming increasingly technological, and businesses like Uber, or the success of Paypal (the taxi service with no cars, and the bank with no cash, respectively) prove that the way we operate as a society is changing. And if you want to set a positive example for your kids, then it’s your responsibility to actually read the user agreement for the services you use, and not to violate the rules because they’re inconvenient for you. Following the rules, even in small ways, sets the example for your kids, and it does far more than any lecture you could possibly give them about honesty, safety, and integrity.
What Else Can Parents Do?
Conversations about what apps that your kids and teenagers are allowed to use should be an ongoing conversation in your family. Setting these boundaries from the beginning makes children more responsible online, but also establishes norms and etiquette that not only applies to apps like Uber, but across other social media platforms as well.
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