Location, Location, Location star Kirstie Allsopp has sparked a huge online debate, after admitting to smashing her children's iPads after they broke her screen-time rules.
Mum-of-two Kirstie Allsopp recently admitted in an interview with Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine that she took drastic action and smashed her son Bay Atlas and Oscar Hercules’ iPads, when they didn’t follow her rules when it comes to their gaming time.
Her children are 12 and 10 respectively.
She confessed, ‘This is the first time I’ve said this publicly. I didn’t intend to speak about it, but it’s come up. In June I smashed my kids’ iPads, not in a violent way. I actually banged them on the table leg.
‘There is a game called Fortnite and another PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) and I decided… 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 admission has sparked debate online, with several arguing that the move was a reckless waste of money, and others stating that she shouldn’t have lost her tempter and lashed out.
One person tweeted, ‘Kirstie Allsopp smashing her kids iPads to teach them a lesson is just. It literally makes me feel sick.’
A third wrote, ‘Kirstie Allsopp smashed her children’s iPads. What a terrible example to set! Take them away, give them to those who can’t afford one but would appreciate it. But to smash them up..in front of the children? What’s that teaching them..tantrums are ok!’
However, lots of other people have defended Kirstie’s decision, and said it has probably taught her children the lesson she wanted.
One person said, ‘My take on the Kirstie Allsopp / iPad thing… there’s nothing worse than feral kids with no discipline and no consideration who ignore their parents because the threats of punishment are never carried out. Her kids will probably take her seriously next time..’
While another wrote, ‘All these people banging on to #KirstieAllsopp about her breaking her kids iPads saying “you should’ve donated them to charity” like they’re so f***ing righteous and perfect! Her choice! Her money!’
Following the backlash, it also appears that the housing expert and presenter has disabled her Twitter account – as the page can no longer be found on the site.
She hasn’t yet commented on the criticism.
FROM: GoodToKnow, our sister site. Written by Jessica Ransom.