It seems Kelly Ripa is quite the protective parent!
In a new interview, the talk show host and mother-of-three, 44, revealed her “old fashioned” approach to parenting includes intermittent monitoring of her children’s social media accounts.
Joaquin, Michael and Lola in September 2014.
“My daughter [Lola] always says she wants more privacy, and I respect that,” the ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’ star said. “I said, ‘If you want to keep a diary instead of Instagram, then you will have privacy. I will not read your diary, but if you’re going to be on Instagram, I’m going to read that, because that’s not private. That is social media.’ That’s how we work it out in our house.”
Kelly — who is mom to Michael, 17, Lola, 13, and Joaquin, 11 — further stated she and her husband of nearly 20 years, Mark Consuelos, are now in “uncharted territory” while raising their tech-savvy kids.
“We’re in outer space as parents!” she told ‘People’. “[When I was a kid] we had one phone, it was in the kitchen, and if we wanted privacy, then we would have to stretch the phone cord as far as it could go down the basement stairs.”
Kelly and Mark In March 2014.
Kelly’s position on her kids’ social media presence isn’t new. In fact, she recently confessed to Wendy Williams that she doesn’t mind if her children don’t like her, because she is their mom first and their friend second.
“I don’t think she likes me but I don’t care. I’m like ‘I’m not your friend, I’m your mom,'” she told Wendy of her daughter, Lola.