Parents send 600 texts and use Facebook to keep tabs on offspring

Darren Allan

May 30, 2011

A new study commissioned by National Family Week has revealed the amount of technological effort parents expend keeping track of their children.

Apparently an average parent sends 600 texts a year in an effort to find out just where little Johnny (or Jane) is, as technology increasingly becomes the method they use to stay in touch.

The research also pointed to 312 emails per year and usage of sites such as Facebook. One in five parents said the best chance they had of getting hold of their child was via such technological means.

While mobiles and suchlike help to keep tabs on the kids and are useful for emergencies, just over 40% of parents lamented the fact that when they do try and get the family together, it can be a difficult task despite these aids.

And instead of talking to each other when they are together, the family might all be texting friends or surfing YouTube on their mobiles.

Three-quarters of those polled thought that modern family life has suffered at the hands of technology. In that case, maybe don’t let younger kids have a mobile and a PlayStation in their bedroom, perhaps?


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  1. Paul Hughes, managing director, ParentMail says:

    The findings of the National Family Week research suggest a lack of communication between parents and their children. It is important to remember that there is an area of a child’s life that especially requires effective communication between the parties involved to ensure success - school. Just 16 per cent of children proactively share any information with their parents about their school day which can hinder their educative progress. A 2009 national survey conducted by Professor Tanya Bryon found that 82 per cent of parents want schools to keep them better informed of their child’s progress. Technology is constantly evolving; for instance, an app providing regular updates on reports, activities and behaviour can make parents feel valued and involved in their child’s education. With technology an increasingly integral part of day-to-day work and social life, it is logical that parents and schools maximise on these technological opportunities for discussion to ensure that their child’s educative process is not a silent one.

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