No phone equals free kid’s meal at restaurant chain

A restaurant chain in Britain is trying to get parents’ noses out of their phone and return their focus on family by offering them free food.

Frankie & Benny's started a phone free zone that encourages patrons to put their cellphones in boxes when they sit down at their tables, The Lancashire Post reported.

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If they do, then the family gets a free kid’s meal through a promotion that runs until the end of the week.

"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," parenting expert Susan Atkins told the Post.

The Post said that 72 percent of British children wanted their parents to put down their phones and spend time with them.

Almost the same number of parents said they felt guilty spending so much time connected to the virtual world.

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