14 celebrities who limit their children's screen time and tech use
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- How much screen time to allow for children is one of the biggest debates of modern parenting.
- Some famous figures, like Bill Gates, raised their children mostly tech-free.
- Other celebrities, like Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie, strictly limit their children's screen time throughout the week.
- Here is how 14 famous people limit their children's exposure to technology.
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How much screen time to allow for children is one of the biggest debates of modern parenting.
Children under the age of 5 are perhaps more vulnerable to spending excessive time with electronic devices, according to the World Health Organization. The group recently released new guidelines urging parents to refrain from letting their kids watch entertainment via a device but instead encourage active play.
This past May, the American Psychological Association recommended children under 2 avoid screens entirely.
Parents are beginning to catch on, even limiting their own screen time to set an example.
Some more notable parents, of the celebrity kind, have decided to impose limitations on screen time for their kids, too, or even raise them tech-free. Tech billionaire and cofounder of Microsoft Bill Gates didn't let his kids use a cell phone until the age of 14, for example, while model Heidi Klum makes sure to approve what her daughter posts on Instagram.
Here are 14 celebrities who limit technology and screen time for their kids.
Billionaire and 'Shark Tank' star Mark Cuban is as 'sneaky as [he] can be' when monitoring the screen time of his three children, according to a 2017 interview.
Tennis champion Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit, had their first child in 2017, and already have plans to limit her future screen time.
Chrissy Teigen, master of the Twitter clapback and author of the cookbook 'Cravings,' told Harper's Bazaar that she and husband John Legend 'are not those people that are like 'no screen time!''
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and philanthropist Melinda Gates didn't allow their three children to have a cellphone until they turned 14 — but even then their use was strictly limited.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Fox News he doesn't like his daughters, ages 2 and 3, to sit in front of screens 'for a long time.'
Even Barack and Michelle Obama kept an eye out for their daughters' phones at the dinner table.
As a kid, Kim Kardashian West's parents set strict rules on her phone use, and now the mother of four is doing the same for her kids.
Actor and director Angelina Jolie may not have social media herself, but she did hire cybersecurity experts to make sure her six children are safe and protected online.
Soccer star David Beckham and designer Victoria Beckham want to make sure their children are just as active as their parents, so they impose screen-time limits.
Supermodel and German businesswoman Heidi Klum told People that her four children get most of their screen time when they are on planes. 'That's the ultimate iPad time,' she said.
When it comes to royals, Kate Middleton and Prince William do not allow their three children to use an iPad, according to Us Weekly.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said in an interview with The Guardian that during family vacations, she takes away her children's phones entirely in an effort to 'focus on being present.'
Former Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr and her husband, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, set fairly harsh restrictions on their children's tech use.
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez told E! News her kids are only allowed to use their iPads one day a week — and only if they're good.
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