Bill Gates has revealed that he limits his children’s exposure to technology.

Billionaire Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, smiles before an interview with Bloomberg Television at the Sibos financial services conference in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Gates said he is "very happy" with Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella and he is working with the company to improve it's Office software. Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg
Photographer: Kelvin Ma/Bloomberg

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed that he limits his children’s exposure to technology.

The world’s richest person says his kids clamoured for mobile phones as young teenagers, but he and his wife Melinda ignored their complaints until they turned 14.

Mr Gates, like many other parents, also imposes rules on gadget use in the house, and is constantly trying to figure out where to draw the line.

“We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour,” he told the Mirror.

“You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess.

“We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.”

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who famously clashed with Mr Gates on numerous occasions, had a similar approach.

Asked if his children liked the original iPad shortly after its launch, Mr Jobs said, “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Aatif Sulletyman


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