Kirstie Allsopp made headlines in 2018 when she admitted she smashed her children’s iPads because they spent too much time on them during a family holiday in Devon
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Kirstie Allsopp has hit out at ‘absurd’ parents giving cellphones to young children.
The 50-year-old TV presenter made headlines in 2018 when she claimed she smashed her children’s iPads because they spent too much time on them during a family holiday in Devon.
Kirstie, who shares sons Bay Atlas, born in 2006, and Oscar Hercules, born in 2008, with her partner Ben Andersen, has now criticized parents for giving their children cellphones.
In her column for the post on SundayThe Location, Location, Location host said she was stunned when it was recently revealed that a third of children by the age of six own a mobile phone.
Ofcom figures also revealed that by the age of 11 90 per cent will own a telephone and by the age of 15 almost everyone will have a mobile phone.
She said the report was “really disturbing” and said she refuses to give in to her children’s demands for smartphones until they are 13.
“I have great sympathy for all parents who are waging a war on smartphones. I think the idea of giving something like this to a child (and I personally think ten is the absolute minimum age) is preposterous,” Kirstie fired.
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She said parents across the UK were “handing our kids over to Big Tech” and admitted she was concerned children would face the “social pressure” that a phone will bring.
Kirstie said her eldest son, Bay, got a cell phone when he was 13, and her youngest, Oscar, got one at the same age.
She said there are “strict rules” about having a phone, such as leaving it in the kitchen overnight and not having it in your bedrooms, as well as “phone-free days.”
Kirstie said she keeps track of what her kids are doing on her phones because she knows their access codes so she can “pick them up anytime and see what they’ve been up to”.
However, she insists her kids don’t “spend too much time indoors scrolling their phones” and doesn’t want her teens to “fear afraid of missing out” when they see what other people are up to online.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/kirstie-allsopp-hits-out-parents-26623819 Kirstie Allsopp lashes out at parents who give cellphones to young children