Tuesday 24 April 2018

Penelope Cruz bringing up children without TV: 'In my house, there is no TV. There are no video games'

Actress Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem arrive at the 74th annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Actress Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem arrive at the 74th annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem pose during a red carpet event for the movie "Loving Pablo" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (Ian West/PA)
Actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem pose during a red carpet event for the movie "Loving Pablo" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem pose during a red carpet event for the movie "Loving Pablo" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Penelope Cruz doesn't have a TV.

The 'Murder on the Orient Express' actress - who has son Leo, six, and daughter Luna, four, with husband Javier Bardem - worries that kids are exposed to too much screen time without any restrictions and doesn't want her own children growing up unable to communicate with one another.

She said: "It worries me when I see a group of children who are 11 or 12 together [on their phones] and they don't talk to each other, they don't look each other in the eyes.

"I worry for the future generations of children that spend hours every day on video games or television or they are given a phone at 11 or access to the internet and no control of the time of using it.

"In my house, there is no TV. There are no video games.

"I just want [my kids] to experience nature, to experience a rhythm that is healthier for the development of children. But that's just my way of doing."

However, that doesn't mean she stops her children viewing anything or ever using electronic devices such as iPads.

She added: "I think you have to be so careful with any child. Their brains are forming. They are not supposed to see material they are not ready to digest yet but I don't have anything against a few minutes of a cartoon that is age appropriate."

The 43-year-old actress admits she has always been a worrier, but her fears have changed since she had children.

She said: "When you become a mother, you worry about different things, but it's a substitution of worries."

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