Why Steve Carell's Kids Aren't On Instagram

It may be all the rage with tweens, but the Carell kids, ages 8 and 12, aren't on any social media networks -- and dad couldn't be happier

Shortly before having the pleasure of interviewing Steve Carell as part of his role as iVillage Guest Editor, I was with my nephews, who are in the 9 to 13 range, and it was quickly evident they were wild about Instagram. So I assumed that Steve’s kids -- or at least his daughter, who just turned 12 -- might be equally consumed.

I was wrong.

“We’re not on Instagram,” said the 50-year-old father of two. "It’s interesting trying to decipher when that should all happen, and when a kid is ready for that, because just because a kid says they’re ready or asks for something, doesn’t mean that it’s time for that to happen.”

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We wondered if Steve and his wife Nancy, who’s a Saturday Night Live alumna, are extra worried about their kids having a social media presence because of their parents’ very public profile and celebrity. “I guess that’s part of it,” said Steve. “We’re a little hesitant about them and social networking in general. I just want to feel, as I think most parents do, that a kid should be ready ... and should be mature enough.”

“It’s a very powerful thing, and it can be a very scary thing,” he added. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think it can be in the wrong hands.”

For his part, Steve is on Twitter (@SteveCarell), and every so often shares a tweet about his kids, such as this one. He wrote, “This morning my wife asked my son if he had made his bed. Johnny: ‘Yes and no.’ Nancy: ‘What does that mean?’ Johnny: ‘No."

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Looks like humor runs in the family! In fact, when I asked Steve if he’s as funny at home as he is on TV and on the big screen, he says his kids top him in the comedy department. “They are definitely funnier than I am because it’s so unfiltered,” he said. “Kids say the darndest things. They do ... and you can’t believe their brains are coming out with the things that they are coming out with.”

“We have fun, but it’s not like a comical family,” he cautioned. “It’s not like we’re performing for each other constantly because I think that would be kind of weird too.”

Weird yes, but maybe good material for a screenplay? We can see it now -- The Comical Family, where family members try to get a laugh at every turn. Hollywood, are you listening?

Stay tuned for more from Guest Editor Steve Carell this week, including why he and Ryan Gosling could be presidents of the other’s fan club.

Kelly Wallace is chief correspondent of iVillage. Follow Kelly on Twitter (@kellywallacetv).

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