Why Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Are Keeping Their Kids Offline
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’ Barbie dream house may have it all but it doesn’t have wifi for the kids.
The proud parents of Esmeralda Amada, 8, and Amada Lee, 7, the Hitch actress and Barbie movie Kensation keep a strictly internet-free home when it comes to their kiddos. In a recent video uploaded to Instagram Mendes went on the record with her wifi-free policy and why she thinks it’s important to keep her daughters offline for now.
In the video Mendes shakes her head and fingers in disapproval. “When my kids ask me if they’re old enough to go on the internet, social media or anything requiring wifi,” she quipped in the caption. The post predictably got quite the conversation started among fans and fellow parents in the comments.
“This barbie knows how to mom,” joked one user, “I don’t think it’s safe for anybody’s mental health anymore,” added another. Mendes went on to respond to comments from fans noting that she was “just sharing what I feel now, but I know it’s gonna get harder as they get older.”
"We are in the internet century so eventually everyone will need or want to access the internet sorry,” a commenter claimed, prompting Mendes to add, “Yes true, but in my house, children do not have access to the internet. It’s too dangerous. Just like drinking or voting or getting a driver’s license (etc…) isn’t allowed for children, the internet falls under that category for me. Especially social media.”
So when will the Mendes allow her daughters online? While the actress agreed with several parents who suggested opening things up at 18, the mom of two admitted that she wasn’t sure when it would feel right.
"Honestly I don’t know, I’ll have to see where it goes- for now, I’m observing them and keeping up with research about how social media can impact a child’s brain. I’m taking it stage by stage,” she said. For now the Fast and Furious star said her kids do have some connection to modern technology noting that she lets them use her iPad to make movies and watch films she’s downloaded, but that the iPad itself doesn’t have internet.
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