There's an unwritten code for politeness and good manners that we're all taught at some point in our lives.
Since these codes are passed from one generation to another, you wouldn't think there would be people out there who educate others on these rules, but they actually exist.
One etiquette expert took to Twitter to discuss an important issue: Public transport etiquette.
"It's time to revise etiquette for public transport"
We've all been on a crowded bus or subway and seen an elderly, injured, disabled, or pregnant person standing.
Some buses even have signs that encourage people to give up their seat to people who most need it.
Sometimes, someone will offer them their seat, but that's not always the case.
We know that it's the right thing for someone healthy and able-bodied to give up their seat, but the question is, where is the cut-off age?
William Hanson, an etiquette expert and a columnist for the Daily Mail Online, wants to revise etiquette for public transport.
He said during busy times, "children over the age of five should give up (or at least offer) their seats to adults."
Of course, he still believes the same rules apply for pregnant women, the elderly and disabled.
"It's an essential way to teach them respect for their elders," he added
PARENTS: As it’s half term, it’s time to revise etiquette for public transport and your children.👨👩👦👦👨👨👧👧👩👧👦— William Hanson (@williamhanson) October 23, 2018
At busy times, children over the age of 5 should give up (or at least offer) their seats to adults.
It’s an essential way to teach them respect for their elders.🚌🚎🚇
One Twitter user don't disagree with his opinion, but thinks five years old is too young.
I don't disagree overall but think age 8+ would be a better age if we're talking about giving up a seat for able-bodied adults. Plus under 5s can sit on their parent/ carer's knee anyway.— Liat Hughes Joshi (@liathughesjoshi) October 23, 2018
But some people think that it's good for children to learn common courtesy at a young age.
Was on a crowded train today where the majority of those standing were elderly and those seated were children alongside their parents. Agree that respect is being eroded, it is a common courtesy for a young person to offer their seat to someone older, no matter what their age.— Jane Mosse (@camillalookalik) October 23, 2018
Never happens anymore. When we were children we gave up our seats and had to stand - now I’m a mature adult I still have to stand! Hate it!— SB (@EUHunter) October 23, 2018
Others are completely against this idea.
Give over,my 5 year old won't be giving up his seat for a capable adult, not having him knocked about and flying down the aisles thanks,have you even got children yourself— Jo maxted (@jo_Emma) October 25, 2018
Why are adults more entitled for seat than children? If the children were there first then they should have the seats, only agree with giving up a seat for elderly and pregnant women otherwise they are more than capable of standing 🤷🏻♀️— Nicky (@Nicky_IVx) October 24, 2018
[H/T: Daily Mirror]