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Why Kate Winslet Barred Her Kids From Social Media

Says ‘It Has a Huge Impact on Young Women’s Self-Esteem’

Oscar-winning actress revealed to the Sunday Times several years ago that she banned all forms of social media in her house.

“It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem, because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them,” Winslet said. “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.”

She also told the Times that besides limiting social media, she and her husband also try to cut down on their family’s usage of phones and tablets.”

“Let your kids climb trees. Take the device out of their hand. Play Monopoly!” Winslet says. “You go to a cafe and grown-ups are at one end of the table and children the other, on devices, not looking up.”

According to the Wait Until 8th pledge, parents are empowered to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade (JS 2 in Nigeria). By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.

Delay the smartphone with the Wait Until 8th pledge! If you need to get in touch with your child before 8th grade, consider a basic phone.

Delay social media until at least 16! Driving before socializing online!

If your kids already have a phone, make it less of a toy and more of a communication device. Remove the internet browser, app store access, games and social media apps. Just let them call, text, FaceTime, and listen to books and music.

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