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Kate Winslet bans kids from social media, says it impacts 'self-esteem'

Kate Winslet has definite opinions on how much her children should be connected to social media. And it basically boils down to ... not at all, at least not in her house.

Kate Winslet.

"It has a huge impact on young women's self-esteem, because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them," the 40-year-old mom of Mia (15), Joe (11) and Bear (22 months) told the Sunday Times. "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."

Winslet also said she and her husband Ned Rocknroll try to limit their time on phones and tablets, and get outdoors more.

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"Let your kids climb trees. Take the device out of their hand. Play Monopoly!" she urged. "You go to a cafe and grown-ups are at one end of the table and children the other, on devices, not looking up."

Yet she added that she's not against all forms of digital communication; it's about moderation. "I think parents are losing control," she said. "Especially if they're busy parents. It's really hard to keep your finger on the pulse."

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Letting kids vanish into their devices is not good for a family, she noted. "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."

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