Kate Winslet Won't Let Her Kids Use Social Media: 'It Has a Huge Impact on Young Women's Self-Esteem'
The Steve Jobs star recommends tree-climbing and games of Monopoly as appropriate alternative activities for kids
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the Oscar-winning actress revealed that she has completely 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, 40, 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.”
The actress is mother to daughter Mia, 15, and sons Joe, 11, and Bear, 22 months. She also told the Times that besides limiting social media, she and her husband Ned Rocknroll 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.”
She continues, “They go into a world and parents let them. … It takes every member of a family to be a member, and there are too many interruptions these days – and devices are a huge interruption.”
However, Winslet was quick to add that she doesn’t want to come off like a spokesperson for being anti-digital and that she’s not “another celebrity on a soapbox thinking they’ve got the answers.”
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Winslet is a well-known supporter of raising children’s (and adults’!) self-esteem: Besides these comments about social media, she has spoken out about maintaining a positive body image and recently provided the narration for an anti-bullying animated short.
“She’s a great advocate for people accepting other people, so we just thought it was perfect,” the short’s director Galvin Scott Davis told PEOPLE.