Many parents are aware that spending too much time in front of screens is harmful. One way to combat this is by setting time aside for screen time. Some parents let their kids spend an hour on their tablets or maybe two hours on the laptop.
When Kirstie Allsop’s children ignored the screen time rules, the mum reacted in quite the dramatic way.
She told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine: “This is the first time I've said this publicly. In June I smashed my kids' iPads, not in a violent way. I actually banged them on the table leg."
Kirstie’s boys were playing Fortnite when they ignored the rules their mum put in place. She admitted she was disappointed when they continued to play the video game outside the allocated time.
“We had made all sorts of rules and all sorts of times when we said you can't play them and all those rules got broken and in the end, I said 'Right that is it, I have to physically (break them),” the mum said.
Many parents were stunned by Kirstie’s confession. They took to Twitter to express their disbelief at her actions: “I'm all for parents revoking their kids right to use their iPads or giving them away entirely if they refuse to abide by rules, but smashing them up..? Violently breaking your child's belongings in front of their eyes doesn't sit right with me, sorry Kirstie Allsopp.”
“I take it Kirstie Allsopp doesn't plan on teaching her kids to value what they have & look after it as they are fortunate to have nice things in life while others don't even have food, water or a home,” one wrote.
Kirstie Allsopp reveals she smashed her children's tablets in front of them because they kept breaking her rules for using them. @JeremyVineOn5 | @KirstieMAllsopp | @TheJeremyVine | @stormhuntley | #JeremyVine pic.twitter.com/CaKZ52uGFj— Channel 5 (@channel5_tv) September 10, 2018
Parents understood her frustration but couldn’t see the logic in damaging such expensive items. What do you think? Was Kirstie in the wrong or did she make the right decision?