Kirstie Allsopp says Instagram leaves her feeling ‘sad and inadequate’

Kirstie Allsopp admits Instagram leaves her feeling ‘sad and inadequate’ and has banned her son, 12, from owning a smartphone so he can’t access the app

  • Kirstie Allsopp, 47, is mother to sons Bay Atlas, 12, and Oscar Hercules, 10
  • Revealed she is worried about the ‘damaging’ content available on Instagram 
  • Said she is left feeling ‘sad and inadequate’ while using the photo sharing app 

Kirstie Allsopp revealed Instagram leaves her feeling ‘sad and inadequate’ as she explained her decision to ban her 12-year-old son from the app.

The presenter, 47, who is mother to sons Bay Atlas, 12, and Oscar Hercules, 10, admitted Instagram damaged her self-esteem despite seeing herself as a ‘pretty successful adult’. 

Writing about the issue on Twitter, she asked: ‘So how much worse is it for kids?’

She explained the concern over what her children would be exposed to online had kept her from giving into her older son’s pleas for a smart phone.  

Kirstie Allsopp revealed Instagram leaves her feeling ‘sad and inadequate’ as she explained her decision to ban her 12-year-old son from the app. Pictured, Kirstie with sons Bay Atlas, now 12, and Oscar Hercules, now 10, at a premiere in November 2017

The presenter, 47, spoke candidly of how the photo-sharing app had damaged her self-esteem

Continuing on Twitter, the Location, Location, Location star argued parents have a responsibility to keep their children off Instagram until they are 13 – the app’s minimum user age.    

‘It was never designed for use by anyone younger than that, and we can’t expect them to protect our kids if we have allowed them to lie to access the site,’ she wrote. 


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The mother-of-two, who has 159,000 Instagram followers, also pointed out very few parents would support their children looking at pornographic material away from their screen. 

She posted: ‘Leaving a kid in a room with a smart phone is like taking them to a sex shop in Soho and saying take your pic.’

The mother-of-two, who has 159,000 Instagram followers, also pointed out very few parents would support their children looking at pornographic material away from their screen

While some parents agreed with Kirstie’s approach, other suggested the best approach was to give her children smart phones but educate them on potentially damaging content. 

One tweeted: ‘Or just ensure that they have a solid sense of self-worth and self-esteem and let them have the phone? There’s a lot of good that can come from social media too and if you teach them to recognise the truth you don’t need to deny them that.’

Another posted: ‘Problem is your making your twelve year different to her friends nothing wrong with monitoring the phone. Plus your view of your phone is totally different to what she would use it for. Different stage of life she would be looking at same things you do.’

While some parents agreed with Kirstie’s approach, other suggested the best approach was to give her children smart phones but educate them on potentially damaging content

Others said there is a compromise to be reached with having a phone but not allowing children on social media. 

‘My daughter now has a phone, but she is not allowed to use any social media,’ one tweeted. ‘She is desperate for Snapchat, but it ain’t gonna happen. I monitor her use via Family Zone and check her messages regularly.’

Kirstie, who also has two step-sons, made headlines last year when she revealed she had ‘smashed’ her children’s iPads after they failed to stick to her rules on screen time.

The TV presenter is married to real estate entrepreneur Ben Andersen. 

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