Mum smashes kids' iPad after they ignore screen time rules

The controversial parenting decision has divided Twitter.
The controversial parenting decision has divided Twitter. Photo: Shutterstock

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)."


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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.

Others, however, leapt to Ms Allsopp's defence, applauding the mum for taking such a tough stance.


Some even admitted to having felt the same urge:

Or having been on the receiving end - albeit with older forms of technology.

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?"