ZemZen: November 3rd, 2017 ūüćā ūüćĀ

Welcome to ZemZen, a weekly collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest¬†suggested reads. For last week’s ZemZen click here.



When Children Are Witness to Terror

Located near the bike path where¬†Sayfullo Saipov crashed his rental truck on Halloween were two New York City schools. Something parents don’t always think about is what would happen if something were to happen next to our children’s school? In this article from the New York Times, author Ginia Bellafante tells the story of how these schools handled Tuesday’s terror attack. Read more.



Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Technology, with all of its conveniences, can sometimes be invasive. With news that Mattel has scrapped its plans for it’s interactive device for children, Aristotle, over privacy concerns, NPR’s Morning Edition asks if it’s safe to have other AI devices in the home around children. Read more.


The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017

From one teen idol to another, it can be difficult to keep track of all the stars your teen is talking about. Lucky for you, TIME Magazine has got you covered. Check out their list of the 30 Most Influential Teens in 2017, you’ll probably find a few names you recognize. Read more.




Why Halloween is especially spooky for many teens: College App Anxiety.

Was your Young Frankenstein or Wednesday Adams a little bit more ghoulish than usual this Halloween? It might have had something to do with applying to college. With the Common Application due on Nov. 1st, many teens struggled with App Anxiety. Read more.




Being A Rideshare Driver Shouldn’t Be Scary


We see headlines all of the time about how rideshare drivers have been accused of this or that. Just this week alone in Boston, an off duty Uber driver was accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman, and a man has been posing as a¬†driver,¬†preying on women who appear alone, intoxicated, or looking for car services outside bars. In Chicago, an Uber driver sexually assaulted and harassed a woman, and a Lyft driver’s sexual assault case just came to light in the media because of DNA tests.¬† These stories are countless.

But those aren’t the only scary rideshare stories. Sometimes, it’s the driver that’s in danger. In May, a Lyft driver was assaulted for not giving the passenger a tissue. In San Francisco, a biker mob surrounded and beat an Uber driver earlier this year. Last year, Wired Magazine wrote a story about how dangerous Uber and Lyft drivers’ jobs are, stating, “What gets far less attention is the abuse, verbal and physical, that drivers endure.”

It doesn’t have to be this way.

As you may have read, we’ve recently hired a new CEO, Juliette Kayyem, “The Security Mom,”¬† who is a CNN security analyst, Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School, and sits on the Trust Advisory Board¬†of AirBnB. We’ve also added several new Board Advisors with strong security backgrounds, including work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS),¬† and the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. There’s a reason we are leading with a safety-focused team.

Things need to change. Not just for riders, but for drivers. We get it – your safety matters, too.

At Zemcar, we are dedicated to you and our riders – keeping you both safe. We’ve developed game-changing safety and service features. You can still drive on your time, but in your community, driving kids ages 8-18. Driving for families in your community is a safer way to earn that extra cash on the side, and you can build¬†up repeat business – income you can count on – with families that have recurring ride needs.¬†

If you want to learn more, read about us in the Boston Globe and learn how you can earn up to 2.5x more as a ZemDriver vs. other rideshares.

Download the app and apply today. We welcome you to our Circle of Trust – which goes both ways. Together, we can create a different kind of ride service, because rideshares shouldn’t be scary.