​TV Presenter Smashed Kid's IPads Because They Played Fortnite, PUBG Too Much

Kirstie Allsopp, known for presenting various TV housing programmes, has caused quite the storm after revealing her strict parenting methods.

In an interview with Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, the Location, Location, Location host said: "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." And why was this necessary?

"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)."

Well, that escalated rather quickly. I suppose it's one to stop your kids playing battle royales, albeit a little harsh.


She could have just confiscated and hidden both devices, like most parents would do - tablets, especially iPads, are not cheap - I wish I could afford to smash one!

However, some people believe that destroying a child's favourite piece of tech is parenting done right. Here's what Twitter has said on the matter:

In the wake of the backlash, it seems as if the TV star's Twitter account has been deactivated - but not before she responded to the negative criticism. She said: "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 won't."

She also wanted to reiterate that her actions were down to the fact that Fortnite and PUBG are "violent," and not just because of screen time.

The Relocation, Relocation host also makes her kids sit in economy class when flying, whilst she and her partner enjoy the luxuries of business class [via BBC]. As you'd expect, she had to defend this statement, too.

What do you think about this news? Were your parents like this? Would you be this strict with your kids? Let us know.

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Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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