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Internet divided after mother smashes her kids iPad for overuse

Does your child break the screen time rules?

By Anita Lyons

If your child is an avid technology user and is breaking screen time rules, than you may just be interested in this story.

British TV presenter and author, Kristie Allsopp, has revealed the way she handle her child's obsession with video game, Fortnite.

After her son broke house rules against the length of time playing playing "violent" video games, the mum-of-four took the iPad and whacked it against a table.

British personality Kristie Allsopp has divided the internet when she smashed her son's iPad for overuse.
British personality Kristie Allsopp has divided the internet when she smashed her son's iPad for overuse.

"This is the first time I've said this publicly," she said in an interview with Channel 5's Jeremy Vine.

"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 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)."

Kristie and two of her sons, Oscar and Bay.
Kristie and two of her sons, Oscar and Bay.

While some parents are applauding the brazen move, others think destroying expensive electronics highlight the TV personality's privileged background.

Posting about the issue on Twitter, some suggested she simply confiscate the tablets, while others suggested changing the WIFI password.

Location, Location host Ian Henderson weighed in on the topic: "Meanwhile, there's children in the world who go without such things (and would appreciate them) as parents can't afford them. Would donating them to a charity to benefit such people not have been a more grown up and mature course of action @KirstieMAllsopp ?"

Kirstie responded that the issue "has nothing to do with money" but was a stand against an "unhealthy influence in her home".

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