Channel Nine’s Today Lisa Wilkinson has faced backlash from viewers after she expressed her view that parents should not allow young children to use iPads before the age of five.
During the ‘Mixed Grill’ segment on Tuesday, the popular TV personality said parents who expose their toddlers to technology will regret it when the kids grow older.
Lisa Wilkinson's comments have infuriated viewers. Via Instagram.
When discussing the “terrible twos”, Wilkinson said time in front of a screen was contributing to the problem.
"If, as a parent, you allow your children time in front of a screen - you give them iPads, you give them phones - before the age of five, I'm going to be generous, you are crazy," she said on air.
She added: "Come back to me when they're 14 and completely and utterly addicted to their screens. They have no social skills. That's when you'll realise what you did early has come back to bite you."
Wilkinson, mother to Jake, 21, Louis, 19, and Billi, 18, was discussing recent claims from a behaviour expert, who suggested there was no such thing as the “terrible twos” – it was just bad parenting.
Her comments were backed up by co-host Richard Wilkins, himself a father of five.
"Yeah, it's kids growing up, pushing the boundaries and it's up to us parents to provide those boundaries," he said.
But Lisa Wilkinson's comments were taken to heart by parents on social media, who became defensive of their parenting.