“What’s the Right Thing To Do?” is a monthly column featuring ethical dilemmas with responses from students in the Greater Boston area. I am aware of the daily dilemmas students face and this column, of interest to both students and their parents, helps people openly discuss these issues and bring these ethical discussions we all face to the forefront. This concept is especially timely because we are faced with very challenging ethical dilemmas, which are even more prevalent now because of the power and influence of social media.

The parent driving carpool is texting while driving you to school. What’s the right thing to do?

“I would tell the parent’s child that their parent is texting while driving and that it is illegal and dangerous. I would feel uncomfortable in this situation but feel it’s not my place to personally remind the adult myself, especially because they went out of their way to drive me to school.”
—Caroline, 17 years old

“If the parent is texting while driving, I would not say anything and just take note of this in my mind. I would later tell my parents about the situation and find a new carpool so I do not have to drive in the same car with them again. However, if they are continuously texting and driving throughout the whole ride, I would simply tell them I feel uncomfortable and politely tell them to stop.”
—Liam, 15 years old

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