Kim Kardashian West has won praise from experts after revealing that she doesn’t use her phone around her children.
The reality star and businesswoman, who is mum to daughter North, four, and son Saint, one, with husband Kanye West, admitted that she’d built much of her empire through social media, but was ‘terrified’ about her kids growing up in a world where it’s so prevalent.
‘I think that social media is one of the most important tools if you’re building a brand, and just to share your life, I think it’s really fun. But I didn’t grow up in a world of social media,’ she explained during an appearance on American talk show The View.
The 36 year old, who frequently shares pictures of herself and her family online, added that North and Saint didn’t yet understand much about the virtual world, but she was keen to ensure that she was protecting them as their awareness grows.
‘My kids are a little too young to want it now, but I think it’s so important. It’s about boundaries. At home, I don’t have my phone. Dinner time, breakfast time, there’s no phone,’ she said.
Internet Matters, a not-for-profit organisation established to help parents keep their children safe on the web, have praised Kim’s attitude to using her phone at home.
Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters, commented on Kim’s revelations: ‘No-one is more aware of the impact social media can have than Kim Kardashian West, whose pictures are shared millions of times over. We’re pleased that she is sending out a positive message to other parents around keeping children safe online.
‘As she says, social media is a force for good and has many great attributes, but it is important for parents to set boundaries for their children and keep to them, sit down and talk to your kids about what they are doing online, get involved in their digital lives and make sure they grow up with a safe internet.
‘While Mrs Kardashian West has the emotional maturity to be able to handle the online world, the same cannot be said for children. It is up to parents to help children learn about the potential risks of going online, just like you’d teach them to ride a bike or cross the road.’