Kate Winslet surprised us all recently, when she announced that she doesn’t allow social media in her house.
This weekend the actor, 40, elaborated on her approach to disconnecting in the digital age and advised parents to take iPads “out of their children’s hands” because they are “losing control” of them to social media.
The Oscar-winner shared her views in an interview with The Sunday Times despite her role in the upcoming film, Steve Jobs - about the eponymous Apple founder - where she plays Joanna Hoffman, the company's former international head of marketing.
“I think the parents are losing control, especially if they’re busy parents”, she says.
“It’s really hard to keep your finger on the pulse. It's an incredibly powerful educational resource if it's used correctly.
“But I think the problem is a lot of these things aren't being used correctly. I think they're being completely abused.”
The Labor Day star believes that social media has a huge and negative impact on young women’s self-esteem, saying:
“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.”
When her daughter, Mia, wanted to create her own Instagram account, Winslet told her that to share your photos online is like giving away memories.
Winslet also explained her concern for the addictive nature of smartphones and other devices, saying that “people practically kiss them goodnight.”
She revealed that her and her husband, Ned Rocknroll, have adapted a strategy to curtail this addiction, by charging their mobile phones downstairs at night.
Winslet advised parents confiscate devices, to limit the time children spend on social media, saying:
“Take the device out of their hand,” and “don’t let them sleep with it.”
The mother of three advised parents encourage their children to seek entertainment in other ways, such as letting them climb trees, or play board games.
Criticising families who are all staring at devices when they go out together, Winslet says: “They go into a world, and parents let them.”
“I’m going to get slagged off for saying this,” she continues, “but it takes every member of a family to be a family, and there are too many interruptions these days — and devices are a huge interruption.”