Kate Winslet doesn’t keep mum about the things that matter to her, and despite playing the confidante to Apple founder Steve Jobs in her latest role, the Oscar winner is wary of social media and technology in real life. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Kate revealed that she’s put a ban on social media in her home.
“It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem, because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them,” Kate told the newspaper. “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.”
Kate is a mother to daughter Mia, 15 and sons Joe, 11, and Bear, 22 months, and says that she and husband Ned Rocknroll also try to restrict the amount of time the family spend using phones and tablets.
“Let your kids climb trees. Take the device out of their hand. Play Monopoly!” Kate said. “You go to a café and grown-ups are at one end of the table and children the other, on devices, not looking up.”
She added: “They go into a world (obsessed with technology) and parents let them… 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.”
It is the second time Kate has spoken about promoting a positive body image to young girls in recent weeks, having recently revealed that she had added a clause to her latest contract with cosmetics giant L’Oreal to state that her photos cannot be retouched.
The Titanic star, who is set to star in the group’s Lancôme adverts, negotiated a new clause for her contract which demands that her images be “free of any additional editing”.
“I can only ever speak for myself and I can only ever do things that are important to me and it’s a hope that other people might follow suit,” the mother-of-three told E! News, explaining her decision. “But it does feel important to me because I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women”.