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dateline: 08 February 2017

Day Care Tells Parents To Get Off Their Phones

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • day care provider: a person or organization that cares for young children while their parents work
  • distracted: not focusing on the person or thing that one should be focused on
  • appalling: terrible, awful
  • go viral: to suddenly become very popular online

Day Care Tells Parents To Get Off Their Phones

A day care provider in Texas has a sign on its door telling parents to get off their phones when they pick up their children. The reads, “Your child is happy to see you! Are you happy to see your child?” It goes on to describe an scene where a child is trying to show something to a parent who is too distracted by her phone to notice. The day care provider calls this behaviour “appalling” and wants it to stop. When one of the parents took a of the sign and posted it on Facebook, the message went viral.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where was this sign placed?
  2. What was the main message of the sign?
  3. How did the sign’s message go viral?

Discussion Questions: While many people agree that some parents need a wake-up call to pay more attention to their children, others feel the day care provider was out of line. Do you think mobile phones are a harmful distraction for parents, and do you agree or disagree with this day care’s approach?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

6 Comments on Day Care Tells Parents To Get Off Their Phones

  1. Alberto says:

    I agree with this day’s care approach. I think that nowadays we are too much dependent of new technological devices. A lot of times we meet a friend for a coffee but we spend most of the time using our mobile phone. Does it make sense?

  2. Minh Nguyen Xuan says:

    the day care is very useful for children and parents . It helps children don’t feel alone and help parents attend to their children more.As results, it makes parents and children closer to each other.

  3. Mahmoud Attir says:

    Day -Care Center at a Work place :Some establishments, such as schools, factories ,etc., set up a day care center for their employees’children , and this has proved very practical , so the parents can concentrate on their work while their children are being looked after , close by. In case of an emergency , the parents can be notified quickly ,in person, even if they are being held in a meeting or talking on their mobile phones.

  4. Abdullahi says:

    Hi, dear Tara.
    This podcast has come with an intresting approch to the parents especially the parents that engage in mordern tecnology. most parent’s attention go immerserly on social networking rathar that having good care for their family life.

  5. Bijan says:

    Greetings, dear Tara,

    First, thank you for choosing a nice subject.
    Second, I believe this problem because of new technology. New technology has created many gaps among children and parents.

    Many years ago, parents and children lived each other in a lovely family and talked to each other in warm space.

    Now, parents and children are busy with their phones, their social network and so on.

    Thank you and best wishes,
    Bijan from Iran,

  6. Jeong Hojin says:

    I think that behavior of a day care provider is good and
    that posted sign also.
    many parents have to change their behavior when they pick up their children.
    Parents have to pay more attention to their children.

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