Restaurant Offers Free Meals For Kids Whose Parents Follow Its “No Phone Zone” Initiative
These days, many people are constantly buried in their phones–– at events, while walking, and even at family dinner. Well, one family restaurant in the U.K. has come up with a great plan to get families to actually talk during mealtime!
Frankie & Benny’s, a popular Italian restaurant in the U.K., conducted a survey with 1,500 people, including both kids and adults, about phones at the dinner table. Almost 20% of the kids said that their parents use their phones during mealtime. 23% of parents admitted that they checked their phones at the table, even when their kids are speaking.
“Children spell love T-I-M-E and by putting away screens parents are sending the message that their children are important to them and that can only be good for family time,” parenting expert Susan Atkins shared in a press release from the restaurant. “Parents are role models in everything that they do and in everything that they say, so by managing their own screen time parents are teaching their kids by example about when and where technology use is appropriate.”
No Phone Zone
After receiving the results from the survey, employees at the restaurant realized just how much of a problem this was. Families should be able to get together and just hang out with no interruptions. So the restaurant decided to give parents a nice incentive to put the phones away, at least for a quick meal.
After Thanksgiving, Frankie & Benny’s developed its “No Phone Zone” campaign. At the beginning of dinner, parents could place their phones in a secure box away from the table. Any parents who kept their phones completely away during mealtime at the restaurant received free meals for their kids. Of course, the initiative is completely optional but has proved to be a great way for families to get closer so far.
There were a few that complained that the idea is controlling and that Frankie & Benny’s offers free Wi-Fi, which seemed hypocritical. However, most patrons have loved and supported the idea. It’s made parents rethink their extensive phone use not only at dinner time but while being with their families overall.
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