Break­ing the kids’ toys

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ANY par­ent sick of try­ing to prise their chil­dren’s gad­gets from their grip can surely sym­pa­thise.

TV pre­sen­ter Kirstie All­sopp has re­vealed she smashed up her sons’ iPads in front of them after they con­tin­ued to play video games beyond the time pe­riod she had per­mit­ted.

The mother of Bay At­las, 12, and Os­car Her­cules, 10, said she went to ex­treme lengths when the boys re­fused to stop play­ing the on­line games Fort­nite and PUBG – both of which have caused con­cern over ad­dic­tion lev­els among young­sters.

All­sopp, 47, told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine Show: “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.”

Ex­plain­ing her rea­sons, she added: “There is a game called Fort­nite and an­other, PUBG, and I de­cided that 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. In the end I said, ‘Right that is it, I have to phys­i­cally (break them)’.”

All­sopp has pre­vi­ously in­sisted she will not let her chil­dren have smartphones as she is wor­ried about the “dam­ag­ing” ef­fects of so­cial me­dia. They will have to make do with a ba­sic Nokia model.

She said: “Teenagers are vul­ner­a­ble, their brains are de­vel­op­ing. We (adults) know we can get en­tan­gled in so­cial me­dia.”

Last month, All­sopp re­vealed to Prima mag­a­zine that she plans to leave her ru­moured

£16 mil­lion for­tune to her chil­dren so they can “do what they like” in their ca­reers. She said: “If they want to be a teacher, mid­wife or re­search sci­en­tist, I want them to be able to do that.”

How­ever, she in­sisted she “wouldn’t give them a penny” if they de­cided not to work at all. – Daily Mail

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