There will be no social media in Kate Winslet’s household!
“It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem,” the 40-year-old mom of three tells the UK’s Sunday Times, “because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them. And what comes along with that? Eating disorders. And that makes my blood boil. And is the reason we don’t have any social media in our house.”
Kate, who is mom to Mia, 15, Joe, 11, and Bear, 22 months, says she and hubby Ned Rocknroll make an effort to stay off their own phones and tablets, and to get outside with the kids.
“Let your kids climb trees,” she says. “Take the device out of their hand. Play Monopoly! You go to a café and grown-ups are at one end of the table and children the other, on devices, not looking up.”
Before you throw your devices away, though, Kate does see a use for them—in moderation. “I think parents are losing control,” she says. “Especially if they’re busy parents. It’s really hard to keep your finger on the pulse.”
It’s also really hard to keep your finger off the phone, if you ask me. My kids love their devices, and when we look at social media, I constantly emphasize that it’s not important how many “likes” or ❤️s someone gets—sometimes, for example, it’s simply a matter of the time you post something. There’s a certain point at which you can’t stop kids from accessing social media, so I firmly believe they need to be taught at a young age how to use it properly, safely and responsibly.
I’m also not a fan of the “kids should play outside” argument in this context. It’s been proven that there are benefits to playing video games; and one activity does not need to preclude the other. Don’t get me started.
“It takes every member of a family to be a member,” Kate continues, “and there are too many interruptions these days—and devices are a huge interruption.”
Well, that’s very true. So, you can place limits around your family’s device usage. I’m terrible at this, admittedly, but I think my kids are doing alright.
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