Kirstie Allsopp reveals she smashed her kids' iPads

Kirstie Allsopp has revealed she smashed her children's iPads after they broke her rules about screen time.

The TV presenter, who has two sons, Bay and Oscar, with her partner Ben Andersen, said she deliberately destroyed the devices earlier in the summer when they were using them too often.

Speaking on Jeremy Vine On 5, Allsopp explained: "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 continued: "It was remarkably easy... I didn't intend to speak about it but it's come up now."

When asked by another member of the panel if she confessed to her children, Allsopp replied: "No, they saw me do it."

TV presenter Storm Huntley, who also appeared on the daytime show, approved of Allsopp's decision, saying: "That's my kind of parenting."

Fellow parents were also quick to show their support on Twitter. "I completely understand the exasperation!!!" said one mother. "Excellent job," said another viewer.

However, many others have questioned the move. "It's not a good example of how to behave," one Twitter user said.

"Deliberately breaking something expensive out of spite is a luxury few of us would want to afford, however well off," another commented.

Allsopp's revelation about her family life comes after she opened up about why she doesn't let her kids use 'damaging' social media earlier this year.

Explaining her parenting decision in the September issue of Prima, she said: "Neither of my children has a smartphone and they're not going to in the foreseeable future.

"I don't think social media is suitable for children. I think that feeling of, 'Oh, I wish I'd been invited to that', or, 'Oh, my friends are doing something fun without me', is very damaging."