You can’t take something away without replacing it.
Which is why trying to get kids and loved ones to use their phones less and focus on paying attention can be challenging.
I have had 4 students this semester thank me on separate occasions in front of their classmates for requiring them to stow their phones out of site (turns out there is research that says people will constantly glance at a phone that is off but nearby almost as if it will turn itself on).
If you take away a phone, give new power (such as the ability to decide when you need an extra break to check it out in the hallway, participate from their seat instead of in front of the entire room, etc.).
Asking children to get off the phone at home will work if there is something better for them to do – like take a walk with dad or mom, do something together, etc.
When we take something away or have it taken from us, it is much more acceptable when we try to replace it with something as good or better.
Start the day focusing on one thing that has been taken from you or that you must take from someone else and come up with something else to distract from the loss.