A UK television presenter has come under fire after admitting she smashed her kids' iPads when they disobeyed her screen time rules.
Kirstie Allsopp, who is the mother of two sons, Oscar Hercules and Bay Atlas, with husband Ben Andersen 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."
The Location, Location, Location presenter added : "There is a game called Fortnite and another PUBG and ... 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's decision was heavily criticised on Twitter, with some noting that it would have been better for her to donate the ipads to a charity, rather than destroy the devices - or simply turn the WiFi off.
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.— Alice ⚡ (@alicechristina) September 10, 2018
Imagine having that much money just smashing your kid’s iPad because they’ve played it longer than you wanted. 😳 #KirstieAllsopp— Georgina Moore (@GinaMoore) September 11, 2018
I just turn the WiFi off... I can't see why the dramatic reaction is needed, especially if the point you're making is about the violence of the game. #KirstieAllsopp— SnrDiplomat (@SnrDiplomat) September 11, 2018
Others, however, leapt to Ms Allsopp's defence, applauding the mum for taking such a tough stance.
Parents: I wish people would stop judging my parenting. How I raise my kids has nothing to do with anyone else.— The DADventurer (Dave) (@The_dadventurer) September 11, 2018
Also Parents: I can't believe Kirstie Allsopp would smash her kid's tablets. What lesson is that teaching her kids? She's not fit to be a mother.
Loving that Kirstie Allsopp smashed her kids iPads! Maybe her kids will understand now when they cross the line, unlike some unruly kids with no respect or manners whose parents can’t say no to their little cherubs!! I like her style! #KirstieAllsopp— superpavs (@superpavs) September 11, 2018
Some even admitted to having felt the same urge:
I quite like Kirstie Allsopp and TBH the only thing that's stopped me smashing my kids' iPad is that it's technically my iPad.— Paul Kirkley (@prkirkley) September 11, 2018
Or having been on the receiving end - albeit with older forms of technology.
As a kid in the 90s my mum cut the plug off my SuperNintendo because I would not stop sneaking off to play Mario. It helped me learn how to rewire a plug but also made me engage with people for a few years.— Stephanie Le Geyt (@slegaytor) September 11, 2018
Maybe concentrate on your own kids 🤷🏻♀️#KirstieAllsopp
This #KirstieAllsopp thing is interesting. When I was a kid, my dad would cut the plug off the telly when we didn’t do as we were told.— Kevin Betts (@52marathonman) September 11, 2018
After a while, we were basically plugging the tv into the wall.
Ms Allsopp has since deactivated her Twitter account.
The mum has previously been outspoken about kids' use of social media - and the impact of devices more generally on children's health and wellbeing. "Instagram isn't for children, it's not a safe space, regardless of whether they have a private account or not," she wrote on the social network.
"Plus, If we're honest we'll admit that occasionally we see things on Instagram and feel left out, so do we really want our kids to feel that too? It happens in life anyway, but why amplify it?"
Walking home from school today "can I have an iPhone?" "No" "Can I have an Instagram account?" "No" "Why?" "Because it's against the rules" "But everyone else does" "Well you've got the weird Mum, probably best to get used to it now" "I'll get bullied" "No you won't" "How do you know?" "Because I'm sure I can't be the only one".