A British TV presenter has shared she smashed her nine and 11-year-old kids’ iPads, just to teach them a lesson.
“This is the first time I’ve said this publicly,” the mum-of-two said.
“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).”
Kirstie Allsopp reveals she smashed her children’s tablets in front of them because they kept breaking her rules for using them.
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Many criticised Ms Allsopp for destroying the devices rather than donating them to charity organisations or businesses that could make them available to people in need.
“A massive, destructive waste. She should have given them away to another kid who couldn’t afford one but really wants one,” one Twitter user wrote.
Others suggested she could have simply confiscated the iPads rather than smashing them, with many questioning what message her course of action sends to her sons.
“Good need more parents like this. I wouldn’t have smashed it but took it away for a long time. Or I would sell it online,” one person tweeted.
Ms Allsopp defended herself against some of the criticisms responding:
“If you found your kids with a packet of cigarettes would you say, ‘I won’t destroy these because they are worth a tenner but please don’t smoke?’ No of course you wouldn’t,” she wrote.
She also added the lesson learned by her sons was worth more than the monetary value of the devices.
“This is about the value of trust, and the value of people over things,” she wrote.
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