I know that Kate Winslet’s latest comments about social media is going to start yet another firestorm, but there are a few nuggets of truth in what she has to say. The Hollywood star says one of the main reasons why she will never allow her children to have social media accounts because she’s afraid that it will hurt their self-esteem.
And while there is no doubt that kids are deeply affected when it comes to seeing all the picture-perfect moments captured on networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here’s what she told the Sunday Times:
It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem, 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.
Let your kids climb trees. Take the device out of their hand. Play Monopoly! You go to a cafe and grown-ups are at one end of the table and children the other, on devices, not looking up.
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.
I couldn’t agree anymore. And it’s not only children – it’s adults too! I couldn’t tell you how many times I felt pretty awful looking at everyone’s perfectly edited social media lives thinking that I might be missing out on something. The best option is to of course turn the screens off.
Thoughts, Hot Moms?