Why Kate refuses to give her son a smartphone
KATE Langbroek was less than impressed when Dave Hughes gave her son a smartphone against her wishes.
Langbroek was confronted by her 14-year-old son on Hughesy, We Have A Problem last night and he wanted to know why he wasn't allowed to have a smartphone even though all his friends have one.
"My husband and I had a conversation and went, 'This is the worst age at which to give a teenage boy a phone with photos on it,'" Langbroek said. "I'm not putting pornography in his pocket."
Lewis was given a flip phone for his 14th birthday but he told the panellists on the Channel 10 show that he wanted a smartphone phone "to fit in".
Hughesy, who has worked alongside Langbroek for more than a decade, took it upon himself to fix the matter once and for all and gave the teenager an iPhone on the TV show.
But Langbroek wasn't happy about it.
"You know what I find generally interesting is that everyone's got a fear now," she said.
"When we discuss with all our other friends that our children don't have phones, everyone's like, 'They're going to get left out at school,' as though that's suddenly the worst thing in the world ... being different to everybody else.
"I'm just like, 'Well, I can't give my children something just because it's going to make you feel better about not being a proper parent to your children.' Hate me, but that's just what we should all be doing. Our children should not have telephones."
Speaking directly to Hughesy who had just gifted Lewis with a smartphone, Langbroek then said, "Go on, f**k it up for us, mate!"
Hughesy replied, "What sort of language are you using in front of this young man?"
To which Lewis hilariously said, "If we had a swear jar I'd have a phone already."
Some viewers took to social media to agree with Langbroek's anti-smartphone stance.