Uber Says ‘No’ to Kids, but a Growing Number of Ride Apps Say ‘Yes.’ Parents Are a ‘Maybe’


By Sonja Haller, USA TODAY


Whatever happened to latchkey kids? That group of kids that for short bursts looked out for themselves until parents finished work? Oh, they’re around. But now they’re called free-range kids and that sometimes leads to police investigating a case of neglect.

But letting your child ride unaccompanied in a car with a stranger has become a somewhat acceptable, growing form of outsourced parenting. In Phoenix, two national ride-hailing services HopSkipDrive and Zum began operating within a month of each other this summer, joining VANGo, which started in the spring…more

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