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?