A UK-based restaurant chain is providing an incentive to parents who do not use a mobile phone during dinner ̵
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Frankie & Bennys decided to launch the "No Phone Zone" promotion after the family-friendly restaurant conducted a survey of 1,500 people to see how the use of cell phones influenced meal time.
According to the survey, nearly 20 percent of children said that their parents preferred to sit on the phone and not speak while eating. About 23 percent of parents admitted that they had checked their cell phones while eating – often while the child was talking. About 10 percent of the children even said they were hiding their parents' phones to get more attention.
To counteract the trend of parents preferring screen time to family time, the New York-style Italian style The restaurant offered free meals for children when parents give up their gadgets.
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"Kids love the time and their parents send out the message that sending their kids away is important to them and that can only be good for the family time "Parent expert Susan Atkins said in a press release from the restaurant," Today reported. "Parents are role models in everything they do, and in everything they say, when parents manage their on-screen time, parents teach their children when and where the use of technology is appropriate."
During the promotion that began On November 27, Frankie & Benny's will provide a special box for parents where they can store their equipment while eating.
Although transportation is optional, the restaurant invites parents actively to participate.
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Those in social media were split because of the restaurant's relocation.
The chain will be active till December 7.