Isla Fisher brands Instagram 'toxic for children'

Isla Fisher brands Instagram ‘toxic for children’ and blames the social media platform for causing bullying, anxiety and depression

Isla Fisher has issued a searing response to the question of whether children should be allowed to access Instagram. 

The Australian actress, who is married to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, aired her grievances during an interview with The Independent this week, branding the social media platform a blight upon society.   

‘It’s toxic for children and [for] the proliferation of fake news. They don’t have to meet publishing standards, it appeals to our base instincts,’ the 46-year-old declared.

‘They don’t have to meet publishing standards’: Isla Fisher, 46, (pictured) has branded Instagram ‘toxic for children’ and blamed the social media platform for increase in bullying, anxiety and depression in a new interview with The Independent 

‘Actually, I’m being gentle – Instagram increases bullying and fear of missing out and leads to anxiety and depression. So, obviously, I am no fan of Instagram,’ she added.

The Wolf Like Me star said she avoids posting anything too personal on her Instagram page and mainly uses the account to promote her work.  

Indeed, neither Isla nor Sacha have ever uploaded social media images of their three children: Olive, 12, Elula, eight, and Montgomery, four.

Vetted: The Wolf Like Me star, said she avoids posting anything too personal on her Instagram page and mainly uses the account to promote her work 

In an interview with Marie Claire Australia last year, Isla said she wanted to ‘protect’ her children from the public eye as much as possible. 

‘Motherhood is actually my favourite topic – but I keep it private. I think all parents are trying to protect their kids, especially in the social media age,’ she said. 

‘I want our children to have a normal childhood – being able to play outside without pressure or scrutiny.  All kids have the right to just be kids, and I would never sell a film or magazine by speaking about [mine].’

Private: Indeed, neither Isla nor Sacha (left) have ever uploaded social media images of their three children: Olive, 12, Elula, eight, and Montgomery, four  

Isla and Sacha met at a party in Sydney in 2002 and married eight years later. 

In 2020, Isla told Marie Claire that meeting Sacha was like ‘winning the lottery’.

She said their relationship was built on ‘a shared sense of humour and a willingness to be married’.

Love: Isla and Sacha met at a party in Sydney in 2002 and married eight years later 

The Confessions of a Shopaholic star, who relocated to America early in her career, also admitted that ‘juggling’ a family in LA wasn’t easy.

‘There’s not really a culture of bringing your kids to dinner parties or to restaurants past 6pm. I tend to entertain at home because I want to be with my family – it’s easier to put your kids to bed and have a wine with friends,’ she said. 

Isla and Sacha, along with their children, moved to Sydney in 2020, and have since relocated to Perth, Western Australia.   

Counting her blessings: In 2020, Isla told Marie Claire magazine that meeting Sacha was like ‘winning the lottery’

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