Nowadays, using mobile phones in public places is a common practice but there are some things in life that need a little more attention.
Apparently, workers at a day care in Houston, Texas, are fed up with parents on their phones and they are now urging parents to pay more attention to their own children.
The photo posted by Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz is going viral as it racked up more than 1 million shares and 81,000 reactions.
Mazurkewicz said that she was picking up her children from the day care when she spotted the sign. She admitted she had her phone in her hand but she found the sign funny and relevant and took a photo to share it with her friends.
“I think that it needed to be said, that it's a good reminder to all of us. The day care is awesome; they are very loving and obviously have the best interest of the children in mind. Their business is our children,” she added.
“I think (the message) definitely resonates with people. And it’s not just at the day care, it’s anywhere. We love this day care. It’s a great place — really loving. They obviously care for the kids,” she said.
Hundreds of people responded to the message posted by Mazukewicz on Facebook expressing their approval of the message.
“This needs to be posted everywhere, this is a child trying to talk to their parents,” wrote Maxime Singleton Guy.
However, some commenters disapproved of the message, calling it rude.
“I'm sorry, I'm going against the status quo and saying this was rude and there is a better way to address this than to make everyone feel like they can never use their phone when it's probably the repeat offenders that need to be addressed,” wrote Alexia Nicki Nichole.
“Some people have to work on their phones. I have my personal cell and a work cell. Just because I clock out of the office doesn’t mean I’m finished with my work day. There have been plenty of times I’ve picked up my daughter and been on a work call,” wrote Kirstin Ramsey.
According to research, parents who look at their phones or get distracted when playing with their children may raise youngsters with short attention spans.
Twitter users came forward with their reactions to the day care’s message:
A much needed reminder.— Reason's Guardian (@ReasonsGuardian) February 2, 2017
"GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!!":
Houston daycare tells parents to pay attention to their kids.https://t.co/vsJOK8gj3C
WOW. lol are you guilty? Parents being URGED to get off their phones when picking up their kids. https://t.co/kZ7y1ypUOh— Tammie Fields (@tammiefields) February 1, 2017
DAYCARE ASKS PARENTS: GET OFF YOUR CELL PHONES! (Yeah, finally common courtesy) https://t.co/ADorx1Lw2m— Karen Savage (@ksavagetexas) February 1, 2017
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