by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com
In its chain of 250 restaurants across the UK, Frankie & Benny’s recently launched a trial ban on cellphone use at the table. To encourage patrons to place their devices in a “No Phone Zone” box on their table, management offered a “kids eat free” incentive for families with children up to 14 years of age.
The goal, says management, is to “get the nation to embrace and celebrate family time.” The trial ban on cellphones at Frankie & Benny’s comes on the heels of a nationwide poll of 1,500 children and parents commissioned by the chain.
During the one-week campaign, Frankie & Benny’s offered games and coloring kits for children and their parents to enjoy together at the table. A restaurant spokesperson told the Daily Mail, “If the initiative is a success, we’ll certainly be looking at ways to activate it on a more permanent basis.”
About the trial ban on cellphones, author and parenting expert Sue Atkins, who is interviewed in the video above, expressed support for the ban on screens at the table. She stated:
“We live in a busy, fast-paced 24/7 digitally connected world, unless we consciously plan not to be … I love the idea of families sitting together, eating and chatting together away from screens. Parents are role models in everything they do and in everything they say, so by managing their own screen time, parents are teaching their kids by example about when and where technology use is appropriate.”
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