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"The Tech Timeout challenge was launched to help families remember what's important, because, after all, the best family memories are created when we have shared experiences." Steve Dilworth
BROMLEY, ENGLAND, June 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With Father's Day fast approaching, sons and daughters are being urged to steer away from the traditional gifts of socks, ties and DVD's and so on, and instead give Dad a gift that is truly priceless - their undivided attention!
Member-focused financial services organisation Foresters is challenging families to take a break from technology and enjoy spending quality time with Dad, without the distractions of the TV, tablets, and smartphones etc.
This is their latest initiative in their ongoing Tech Timeout campaign, which was launched last year and encourages families to pledge to spend at least one hour a day together without technology.
With recent research* showing children spend around 50 hours a week using technology, and adults spending even more time plugged in at 64 hours a week, it is clear that the use of digital devices may well be encroaching on family time.
Taking a Tech Timeout not only allows families to reconnect with each other and enjoy some quality time together, but can benefit health and well-being too.
Steve Dilworth, Managing Director, Member Network UK Foresters, comments: "We are urging families to make the effort to spend some quality time together this Father's Day, whether it is walking the dog, playing a game of cards, or cooking Dad's favourite meal - anything as long as it's technology-free.
"The Tech Timeout challenge was launched to help families remember what's important, because, after all, the best family memories are created when we have shared experiences. Father's Day is a perfect time to start creating new memories."
Foresters have launched a Tech Timeout video in time for Father's Day, which can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1oTdHzd
*Over 1,100 people across the UK responded to an online survey in November 2013, conducted by Wriglesworth Research on behalf of Foresters.
At Foresters we believe in enriching the lives of our members, their families and the communities they live in. We're member-based, family-focused, and community spirited.
Our products benefit both your family and your community. We champion the well-being of families through quality financial products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities.
We share our financial strength with over one million members across the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Throughout our 140-year history, our purpose has been to enrich the lives of members, their families and communities. The priorities remain today and will guide our future.
As an example, our work with Cash for Kids in their 2013 Mission Christmas Appeal helped over 278,000 children to have a better Christmas. The whole campaign raised GBP8m and involved 1,463 Foresters volunteers and is part of Foresters, the international financial services organisation.
Internationally, Foresters has over GBP14bn* funds under management and has been assigned an 'A' excellent rating by A.M. Best.**
Safeguarding our members' interests is at the heart of what we do. Being financially strong and responsive, with sound governance and continuing professional service have always helped us to protect our members' benefits.
*As at 31st December 2013
**An 'A' excellent rating is assigned to companies that have a strong ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders and have, on balance, excellent balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the standards established by A.M. Best Company. In assigning Foresters rating A.M. Best stated that Foresters outlook rating is 'stable', which means it is unlikely to change in the near future, assuming Foresters financial strength is maintained and operations grow. A.M. Best assigns rating from A++ to F, A++ being superior and A and A- being excellent ratings. This rating was assigned on 3rd July 2013. Our International Head Office is located at 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9. DAC Ref No. 2013321 FM/CO 01/15
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