Megan Fox Tries to Keep Her Sons Away from TV and Technology: ‘I’m Making My Kids into Artistic Nature-Hippies’

03/26/2016 at 09:30 AM ET

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Megan Fox grew up letting her geek girl flag fly as a big fan of genre entertainment, from Star Wars to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But as a mom, she’s holding off introducing her two sons to TV and movies – even though she’s now the star of the revamped Turtles films – because she wants to raise her own “superheroes.”

“I hesitate just because … I try not to expose them to technology,” Fox told PEOPLE while promoting the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel at WonderCon in Los Angeles, admitting she’s resisted the temptation to try to guide Noah, 3½, and Bodhi, 2, toward her fantastical tastes.

“It’s hard to make them super nerds if I don’t let them watch television or movies, or get on an iPhone or an iPad.”

“So right now, I’m making my kids into artistic nature-hippies,” she said with a laugh. “We’ll see what happens. At some point, they’ll choose what they want to be.”

The actress, 29, says that steering her sons with ex Brian Austin Green away from tech-based amusements is “only challenging as a parent because so many people use that as a babysitter, and they’re like, ‘I just need an hour to clean the dishes — watch this movie or play Angry Birds on my phone.’ ”

“It’s actually really bad for their brain development, and I’m trying to breed, like, superheroes,” she said. “I don’t want them to get f—ed-up brains. So I just suck it up, and it’s hard, and one of us is always doing something. We don’t get a lot of rest time, but I know it’s better for them.”

She’s already conjured up fantasy visions of how her sons might turn out.

“I would love one of them to be a painter or a poet and, like, wear scarves and walk around Paris, like angsty,” she said with a laugh. “Then I would like one to be a musician, maybe. Their dad Brian plays jazz drums and is a good musician. So I think one of them is going to have the spark for that.”

As she imagines her kids’ adulthood, she’s also been enjoying her fair share of moments on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which hits theaters on June 3, that have made her feel like a kid again.

“I get that a lot,” she said of bringing the cartoon she loved as a little girl to live-action life. “Anytime I’m with the Turtles and they’re doing, like, an emotional scene, it always makes me want to cry!” she confessed. “My childhood heart is like, “No — you guys can’t fight! You love each other!”

— Scott Huver

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Anonymous on

Eye wish my kids were artstic two.

Anonymous on

I think it’s funny that celebrities try to “teach” society how to let their children be who they are & not put societal pressures on them & yet here is an example of a parent trying to mold their children into what THEY want rather than letting the kids decide who they are for themselves. I guess if it’s an artistic, nature-hippie, it’s okay. Hope they don’t have aspirations to be doctors or IT gurus! I’d hate for her to be disappointed! And I guess it’s okay for her to make her living off of our kids engaging in something that isn’t acceptable for her kids.

Anonymous on

She is such a vapid idiot.

Uhhhh on

Bish please. Not exposing your kids to tech is a handicap in modern society. But you don’t need a babysitter to get the dishes done because someone else probably cleans your home, and your boys will never have to work for a living, so you don’t have to worry about them being behind their peers with tech! To each their own…best wishes!

Shalla on

My children were raised on books, paints, gardening, parks, history, war sites, etc. We would have cartoons on saturdays and very little tv during the week. I agree with Megan. Even though children can’t physically be “superheros”, they can mentally be by absorbing knowledge, not radiation from devices. Plant a garden with your kids, pick a historical event/visit the site, visit the state park and take photos, paint what you’re feeling, etc. So much more to life than a phone or computer.

Laine17 on

Kids barely talk to their parents these days because they’re too busy with their portable games. Parents aren’t much better as they ignore or shush their kids since they’d rather focus on their phones. I see neglected kids in restaurants all the time staring at their mother as she ignores them being too busy texting or whatever on her phone. I’m glad my kids are grown and that I actually had meaningful relationships with them, you know “conversing.”

bonnie on

What a dolt.

SDB on

Although I didn’t choose this route with my children, I agree with her. Technology is ruining people. Especially children. It stunts there brain development. There is going to be a heck of a price to pay for all this technology; and future generations will pay that price.

Whiskers on

Kids, especially young ones, don’t need TV and technology. They need to be engaged with everyday life, not diverted from it. Normal and healthy development follows the course of our long human evolution, based on actively participating in the world around us, not passively sucking up screen images. The idea that children who do not engage in technology before school age or later will be at some kind of disadvantage is just ridiculous! It is pre-academic skills that count towards arriving at school ready to learn, and that is fostered most directly by interacting with others in a rich language environment while absorbing a sense of capability and cooperation with others–play, good health, good habits, good relationships, and purposeful activity, are the foundation for doing well throughout life!

JLM on

I see a lot of negative comments which makes no sense to me. I didn’t raise my daughter this way. However, every family is different and needs to find what works for them. It seems to me that Megan is trying to be the best parent she can be. I totally respect that.

Angela on

It’s just impossible to take kids away from today’s technology because technology is everywhere.

Elspeth on

She doesn’t get that her kids can’t be “superheroes” because they have her inferior genes to contend with.

huh? on

At some point they will choose what they wan to be? Really???

Smooth on

The Kartrashians could learn something from her

Melissa206 on

People do realize that Megan is speaking about children under the age of five, yes? There is nothing about keeping them away from media and technology at this age that will harm them or keep them from being who they want to be. In fact, the opposite is true. Ms. Fox is taking seriously her role as a parent and choosing what to expose her kids to and when. I respect the reasonable decisions of others in rearing their own kids but I don’t see anything wrong with Ms. Fox’s choice.

Secun on

Megan Fox, hello

Yep! on

Go Megan!

Today’s media is corrupting the minds of the youth. All this technology is robbing children of creativity and imagination. I’m glad that she is allowing her children to be children, instead of allowing video games and sexualized kid shows babysit her children. Good for her, her children might grow up with some dang sense, even if they are confused about their gender. (She claims Noah wears dresses, I’m assuming she buys them and thinks that stuff is “the new norm.”)

We’re all saying let kids decide who they want to be. While that is true, parents should also guide their children in the right direction, teach them morals, values, right and wrong. We don’t get enough of that today, because everybody is looking for acceptance, excuses and validation from everybody else, and that is what handicaps this society of sheep and corrupted youth. Read, learn, and live.

Icky on

I grew up in the late ’60’s, early ’70’s, and we didn’t watch a lot of TV. We went to school, did homework, ate dinner, then stayed outside until bathtime. In the summer, we ate breakfast, went outside, found someone’s house to eat lunch, kept playing outside until dinner, went back out after dinner. We alternated Sundays at the grandparents’ houses, came home and watched 60 minutes and the Sunday night movie. The only other TV we watched was game shows.

My twelve-year-old daughter loves to read, listens to music and takes care of her cats and dogs. She watched movies with the family. We watch the Weather Channel, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. My daughter watches The Voice, Saturday Night Live, and Seinfeld reruns. There’s really not much she wants to see on TV. Oh, and PBS, cooking shows and home improvement shows.

When my daughter was in elementary school, I was waiting to talk to the receptionist while a mother of a third grader yelled that she wanted her daughter’s phone that they confiscated. School rules, the phone gets returned at the end of the year. The mother said her daughter needed it for emergencies when she was told by the receptionist that the daughter could use the office phone. The mother said, “No, she can’t”. I translated this to her daughter didn’t know how to dial a “normal” phone. Then she told the mother to go get her daughter another phone and tell her to keep it off and out of sight at school or it will be taken as well.

Some gadgets are good, some are not. Yes, I use it, but only for reading articles and sending e-mails and typing snail mail. I don’t know and don’t want to know how to do anything else.

Good for you, Megan. Don’t worry, Ron Howard’s kids weren’t allowed to watch any TV growing up and they turned out fine.

Ala Lemon on

My 3-year-old godson is addicted to technology. He’ll grab whatever device he can get his hands on to play with and gets into screaming tantrums when you take the phone or tablet away from him. All technology isn’t bad, but I completely get her point

Ann on

She seems a good mom, good for her.

Lisa on

It’s all about balance. Technology is not going away. It is being used in today’s classrooms. I attended an info session at my daughter’s school last week. Tech is being used a lot more than I realized, but it’s not a bad thing. While I admire the author’s decision to promote physical activities, she is also holding her kids back by not educating them about technology.