What happens when you mix teens today with modern technology and unchecked freedom?
A recipe for a disturbing new “trend” you need to be aware of.
And maybe “trend” is too strong of a word.
But today’s post is about something that’s been on my radar and I felt like it needed to be on yours as well.
So here it is: Lately I’ve been hearing stories about teen girls sending Ubers to pick up their boyfriends and bring them to their house when their parents aren’t at home.
Think about all the possible things that could go wrong with that scenario…
That’s what concerns me.
Recently, this was a topic of conversation in the classroom, when a young man shared the following:
“A girl that I wasn’t even dating texted me and told me that her parents would be gone for a couple of hours and she was home with her little brother. She told me she would send an Uber over to pick me up if I was interested in coming over…to have sex. She Uber’d me over. We had sex. And she Uber’d me back home.”
Is this how it’s done in 2019?!?!?!?!? The guys get door to door service along with the sex!
Unchecked Freedom = A Dangerous Ride
I was confused.
How could this happen without the young lady’s parents’ knowledge?
In my experience with using Uber, you have to pay with a credit card and the receipt is emailed to you.
So, I couldn’t understand how a teenage girl would be able to pull this off without her parents finding out.
After mentioning this story to other teens, I found out that it’s common for teens to have their own rideshare accounts tied to their debit card and their email address.
I’m sure her parents didn’t think anything of leaving their 16-year-old daughter at home alone.
Surely, she couldn’t get into any trouble in that short period of time, especially since they left her younger brother home with her.
That might have been the case years ago before modern technology, and before kids were given so much freedom and access to enjoy that freedom.
Please note: This isn’t an attempt to single out a specific rideshare company.
However, as is the case with a lot of modern technology today, teens figure out ways around rules and policies.
Thus, the concern.
Plus, it seems counterintuitive to give teens this much freedom when their brains aren’t fully developed yet.
They don’t always associate consequences with their decisions.
Which is why, no matter how grown your daughter may think she is, she still needs your supervision.
Which I often tell my students is the sign of a parent who cares. 😉
So, you tell me: Is this a “trend?” Were you aware that this was even a “thing?”
And where do you draw the line when it comes to your daughter’s access to freedom (i.e. having her own debit card that’s not tied to your email address so you know whenever an online purchase is made)?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please do so by commenting below.