An American-Italian restaurant in the U.K. has decided to offer free kids meals, if their parents unplug during dinner. “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 said to a press release from the restaurant.
Frankie and Benny’s restaurant gave out a survey to 1,500 people and the results showed that about 20% of children said they feel as if their parents would rather be on their phone than talk during the meal. Around 23% of parents admitted they were either on their phones or checking their phones during the meal, while their child was speaking with them. Nearly 10% of children said they had to try and steal their parents phone, to get their attention.
These restaurants have showed that kids aren’t the only ones having trouble staying off heir technology devices. Starting on November 17, Frankie and Benny’s encourages parents and kids to put their electronics in the box at their table that the restaurant provides for them. Some parents admitted when their child(ren) were talking to them about their day, they were multitasking by listen and scrolling through their phone. Just to clear everything out the restaurant is not forcing parents or families to give up their electronics their suggestion to participate in this “challenge”. “We’ve found giving families the chance to part with their devices for a mere couple of hours is a great way to bring them closer and embrace family time,” Frankie and Benny’s restaurant said to the Independent, according to this website. This campaign runs until December 7. This Italian restaurant has gathered some more information and they have found out that 72% of children wish their parents would spend less time on their phones, and 70% said they feel as if there parents prefer to be on their phones longer than talking with their children.
The restaurant states “If the initiative is a success we’ll certainly be looking at ways to activate it on a more permanent basis.”- cited from The Independent.
I have interviewed many individuals about their opinion, on what this restaurant has decided to campaign. “I think it is a great way for families to hang out, talk with each other, and learn how their family member's days goes!” replied Maddy Peoples. Taylor jones responded with “That is a smart idea, to help families get closer!”. In my opinion this is a great way to help familie unplug and get to know each other even better, but when my Family goes out to restaurants my Dad has to have his phone on him ALL the time so he doesn't miss an important work call. My dad is a bank recruiter is works non-stop, I feel like he would like this, but at the same time be stressed or worried about missing important work tasks.
“That is a great idea, because shouldn’t be on their electronics in the first place, unless there is an emergency or it is for work.” said my Mom (Sophie). What do you think?
Story by Amelia O'Halloran