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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard won't let children have phones or iPads

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard won't let children have phones or iPads

The celebrity couple don't want their kids having access to phones and iPads at such a young age

It's no phones or iPads for the kids in Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's house, and the celebrity couple have explained exactly why that is.

The couple, who share two daughters together, have some strict rules about handheld devices in their house, namely that they're not allowed at all.

Reasoning that their kids have a 'bunch of other s**t' that their friends are jealous of', they don't let them have phones or iPads and have explained exactly why they're so strict about it.

However, that's not to say that there's a total ban on their kids enjoying technology, as Shepard said his daughters could 'do whatever you want to do' as long as it 'doesn't happen' at his house.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard don't want their kids using phones at home.
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According to People, Bell and Shepard would prefer their kids didn't have phones, even if their children keep protesting about it, as they want them to pay attention to the world around them and not be focused on a small screen.

The Armchair Expert host said: "We don't have a phone problem 'cause they're not in the mix. And iPods aren't, iPads aren't in the mix and video games.

"So there's three things in my house that are not happening — those things. And they complain about it all the time. So-and-so's got it. And I go, 'Yeah, but you got a swimming pool and you got a dirt bike."

"I don't want your focus to be on a seven-inch thing when the world is all around you."

He said that he and Bell's daughters Lincoln and Delta have plenty of opportunities to have fun with technology when they were round at their friends.

But while phones might not be allowed, the couple do let their kids drink non-alcoholic beer as they say it's basically just 'bubbly juice'.

The couple are fine with their kids enjoying phones at their friends houses, but would prefer no screens in their home.
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And when it comes to parenting and phones, it can be a tricky thing to know where to draw the line.

Not to be all 'kids these days', but kids these days can access a whole new world of content and information, not all of it good.

The internet was a very different place back in the days of dial up (it was a lot slower too) and social media wasn't even really a thing.

Some parents have responded by setting down contracts on how their kids will be allowed to use their phones, limiting screen times and laying out the rules for how to behave online.

There are even some apps which have been released which can help with this, like locking children's phones until they respond to texts from their parents.

Others are wondering whether more should be done to monitor their kids and what they get up to on the internet, with some wishing for the days when the whole family had to rely on one communal computer.

On the other hand, loads of parents dread their kids being the only ones in class without a phone and missing out on so much that their friends are getting up to.

What do you think?

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/kristenanniebell

Topics: Parenting, Celebrity, Technology