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Teenagers should set own social media limits, says Bear Grylls

- By Anita Singh

TEENAGERS should set their own social media limits and parents do not need to intervene, according to Bear Grylls.

The adventurer and television presenter said that children must learn to police their own behaviour in prepara- tion for adulthood. He allows his own children – Jesse, 19, Marmaduke, 17, and Huckleberr­y, 14 – to decide how long they spend on TikTok and Instagram.

He said: “We don’t have rules with our kids of ‘you can only be on it for five minutes a day, or 50 minutes a day, or whatever’. I say: ‘Set your rules. Tell me your goals in life then set your rules accordingl­y. Tell me about how your homework’s looking and set your rules’.

“You’re in charge. Because after you leave school, nobody is going to be policing it for you. You will have to police your own life – and that might be eating healthily, or going to the gym, or somebody treats you badly in a relationsh­ip and having some barriers. Whatever it is. So you’ve got to police yourself with social media as well.”

Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, Grylls said: “Eating sweets is going to erode your teeth. Eating a little bit, that’s OK. But if you ate [them] all day, you’d tell yourself that you’re being an idiot, you’re eating too many sweets. Same with social media. So police it yourself. You’re in power.”

Grylls credited his late father, Sir Michael Grylls, a Tory MP and Royal Marines Commando, with bringing him up to face challenges head-on.

“My dad was a Commando. He loved the outdoors. He knew that I struggled [at school], knew that I loved being outside, knew that I loved being with him.

“My dad died not long after I got to climb Everest. I see it so much clearer now, that really what he was teaching me went way beyond climbing. It was to grab life and go for things.”

In his role as Chief Scout, Grylls tries to instil an adventurou­s spirit in young people and teach them practical skills. He adeded that adults could learn a thing or two: “I meet many big, strapping men who will say to me, ‘I really want to learn a simple knot. I feel a bit inadequate that I can’t tie the roof rack properly.’

Grylls also spoke about tackling anxiety, and recommende­d connecting to nature each day. “Every morning I walk the dog and try to go in bare feet, early in the morning. Sun on my face, feeling the dew between my toes,” he said.

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Bear Grylls told an audience at the Hay Festival that young people should learn to police their own behaviour

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