@majorincident or get them to sit on your knee free up a seat
The mother was already standing but yes, take the child onto your knee.
@andyxhill: the whole bottom deck of a bus I was on got into a row I started with a lazy youth that wouldn't give up his seat for an old lady. There are some things on which you need to take a stand.
i am sure their is must be some young lads too or healthy people
More than likely. We seem to be slipping into selfish entitlement. Public life is becoming ever more unpleasant because are just looking the other way. The crowd can be ugly, but it can also exert pressure to do the right thing.
As long as the children were not disabled and needing the seat as much as the oap, I would expect out of kindness that they at least ask the oap, if they refuse, at least the mum had asked.
I was bought up at a time when it would go without saying, that if an OAP or a person who was in need of the bus seat would automatically be offered it, no debate, it was part of the respect and manners that is sadly lacking in society these days.
Respect your elders was another.
But saying that, I've seen my elders not earn the respect I was brought up to show them. 🤔