Kirstie Allsopp has admitted she smashed up her children’s iPads which has left many fans pretty furious; with some claiming that her act was ‘cruel’ and a little insensitive.
Allsopp is best-known for her presenting duo with Phil Spencer on Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location.
While she has always been a firm favourite with fans, her latest move has caused a great deal of controversy nationwide, after she decided to break her children’s personal electronic devices, after she claimed that had been using them over the permitted time she had allocated.
However, many have argued that her actions weren’t called for and showed an act of ‘violence’.
Talking to Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine, Alsopp admitted: “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.”
She added: “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).”
Going on to add how she did it; she replied: “It was remarkably easy. I didn’t intend to speak about it but it’s come up now”, before going on to add that they saw her do it.
Fellow panellist on the show, Storm Huntley, agreed that Kirstie’s actions were a good way of teaching children; adding: “I like that, that is my kind of parenting.”
The public reacts
While many went on to praise Allsopp for her bold move, others slammed the presenter, claiming that she could have handled the situation in a more mature way. Many claimed that there are many “children in the world who go without such things” and therefore, these expensive electronic devices could have been donated to those from a less fortunate background.
However, Allsopp fought her corner after receiving such comments via Twitter, stating that such an instance had ‘nothing to do with money’ but was more about standing up against an “unhealthy influence in her home”.
“This has nothing to with money and everything to do with pointless, addictive, violent games which destroy imagination & family life and leave a generation terrified of boredom. I stood up to an unhealthy influence in my home.” she wrote.
iPads typically retail at a starting price of around £170, therefore many took to Twitter to slam the presenter; commenting that she had abused her ‘privileged’ lifestyle. The constant abuse forced Allsopp to leave Twitter completely over the past few days.
A few social media responses include:
“Everything in this benighted land comes down to class – and for our property-porn queen the Honourable Kirstie Allsopp the price of an iPad is so trivial and incidental they can be smashed and replaced to make a point.” Roger McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
“I take it Kirstie Allsopp (who smash her kids iPads) doesn’t plan on teaching her kids to value what they have & look after it as they are fortunate to have nice things in life while others don’t even have food, water or a home. Great parenting Kirstie.” Alexander L. King also added.
Shar A also published on her Twitter feed: “All for disciplining children and laying down ground rules….but smashing up expensive items that a child with poorer parents would have been thrilled with? These rich, over-paid famous people really do live on another planet.”
“I don’t understand why you had to smash their iPads? Why not just put them away how are they to learn from smashing them?” another fan said.
I know, it’s a shame your parents didn’t teach you that smashing stuff isn’t how you get what you want. I trust you learned you went too far? Tip for next time: it is possible to just change the Wi-Fi password. Also, hiding is a thing.
“Must be lovely to be so privileged you can smash iPads. Ridiculous idea and just shows a lack of control. As I teacher I say you know v little about kids.”
“Your poor kids for having you to set an example to them.”
‘Nice to be so well off that you can do this. Why not confiscate them or donate them to a children’s hospice?’.
“Deliberately breaking something expensive out of spite is a luxury few of us would want to afford, however well off”.
“I agree with taking them away but donating them to people who can’t afford to be so frivolous might have driven home a better message.”
“Shows the wasteful core attitude of Kirstie in a position to destroy something that someone else could have benefitted with a little more thought a better solution could have resulted”
“This has annoyed me, I couldn’t afford to smash my kids tablets and just replace, what does that reach them about the value of things? Surely just removing them is the more sensible option?”
Kirstie made sure to speak her mind when it came to defending her point of view; as pictured above.
There were a proportion of Twitter users who saw Kirstie’s point of view and fully agreed that if she felt this was an acceptable route to take, then she had every right to stand her ground.
“Being judgemental about another parent’s attitude towards maintaining a healthy relationship with their own kids is what? think she must have been at the end of her tether & done something desperate to regain control The punishment must’ve fitted the crime” one user wrote.
“Who hasn’t been close to this? Never mind, we’re being pushed to the brink daily!” one father admitted of his own challenging experience.