Kirstie Allsopp leaves Twitter over iPad smashing backlash
Kirstie Allsopp has left Twitter after facing a fierce backlash when she admitted she smashed her children’s iPads over her gaming rules.
Parents slammed the TV presenter online after she revealed she broke her sons’ devices when they played games outside their permitted time.
Criticism soon flooded onto social media, with many people calling her “privileged” and “absurd”.
Her Twitter account has since been deleted.
It was not long before outraged parents took to social media to vent their fury at the Location, Location, Location presenter, who has two sons and two stepsons.
Thousands of people have been commenting on it – the majority condemning her actions and the message it sends to children.
But she has also received backing from fellow parents weary of tantrums come time to turn off machines.
Some took quite a strong stance and suggested she was condoning violence and criminal damage.
Twitter users then noticed her account had vanished only hours after the story emerged on Monday.
Prior to that, Allsopp had added fuel to the fire by comparing smashing the iPads to destroying a packet of cigarettes.
But this just attracted even more comments, with some calling it a “weak” comparison.
Sorry, a weak argument if ever there was one. You could donate the iPads to a charity shop and put them to some good. Cigarettes are nothing but harmful, iPads can actually be used for good.
— Yorkshire Dad of 4 (@yorkshiredadof4) September 10, 2018
End of Twitter post by @yorkshiredadof4
Another user, @BelfastBabs, said Allsopp’s actions made her “more of a child than any of them”.
Smashing up expensive technology to make a point makes you more of a child than any of them. Turn off the WiFi, limit their access or donate the devices to a worthy cause, lots of options that don’t involve you throwing a tantrum and embarrassing yourself.
— Barbara Whearty (@BelfastBabs) September 10, 2018
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Some were clearly not on board with her parenting style, with @emkaybeesoon saying “thank God you were not my mother”.
Thank god you were not my mother. I am 51 have 4 kids and play Fornite with my 2 youngest. Your kids are probably the only kids at school who don’t play it now. Engage with them and play with them, you get a great window into their world !
— Michael John Kemp (@emkaybeesoon) September 10, 2018
End of Twitter post by @emkaybeesoon
It’s not the first time her parenting stance has been called into question.
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She was forced to defend her decision to sit separately from her sons when flying earlier this year.
It was not long before this was referenced in the responses as well.
Smashing their things, making them travel economy while you lord it up. Good luck if you need their help in the autumn of your life. Your actions will stay in their minds for ever.
— Craig Giles (@Triplestringer) September 10, 2018
End of Twitter post by @Triplestringer
But there was also sympathy for the TV presenter, with some people agreeing with her actions.
Kerry Hill said on Facebook: “It came from frustration in the heat of the moment and was a visible wake up call”.
She continued: “There’s no need to call her violent, mental or fault her for being rich. I think it was good she was honest about the frustrations of parenting”.
And Zara Graham praised her actions saying “good on her”, with this Facebook post.