Kirstie Allsopp claims she 'smashed' her kids' iPads as punishment

11 September 2018, 11:42 | Updated: 11 September 2018, 12:53

Kirsty Alsopp

The TV presenter has divided opinion after revealing she broke her children's iPads to stop them playing Fornite.

Parents have blasted Kirstie Allsopp as "old fashioned and privileged" after she revealed the drastic measures she took to curb her two son's addiction to video games.

The Location, Location, Location, host has received widespread criticism after claiming that she destroyed her kids' tech as a way of stopping them from playing Fortnite. 

iPads retail from £170, and the backlash she has received - people have blasted her for being "privileged" for casually destroying a luxury item -  has forced her to leave Twitter. 

During an appearance on Jeremy Vine, Kirsty 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. 

There is a game called Fortnite and another called 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]'."

She then added: "I didn't intend to speak about it but it's come up now." When fellow guest Hardeep Singh Koli asked if her children knew about it, she said: "They saw me do it."

The comments came during a discussion as to whether parents are to blame for their children's behaviour. 

While, some parents praised her tough stance, others weren't so impressed claiming her actions were wasteful.

Kirsty attempted to defend her actions but later shut down her Twitter account completely following backlash from trolls.