Parents Increasingly Use Social Networking Websites To Communicate With Children

Around three in every four parents are switching to social networking platforms to stay in touch with their children living far away at university, according to recent reports.

According to a poll that included 1,000 parents, as many as 78 percent of them said that the use of latest technologies, like text messaging, social networking websites like Facebook, and Skype have simplified communication with their children living at university.

The poll further notified that more than half of the parents still use mobile phones for keeping in touch with their student offspring, while 35 percent of them use emails, and 44 percent of the respondents use landline phones to communicate with their children.

In addition, around 10 percent of the parents use blogs as communication means, while 12 percent of the respondents use webcams for the purpose.

The poll also presented a region-wise view of the usage of technology, in which it is claimed that parents from Norwich, with 92 percent, are very inclined towards using newer technologies to communicate with their student offspring, followed by parents in London and Sheffield, with 85 percent each.

Quoting the importance of new technologies in bringing the parents closer to their student children, David Lammy, minister for higher education, said in a statement, “New technologies have made a big impact on all our lives and as students return from the Christmas break, it’s never been easier for mums and dads to stay in touch and updated on their child’s progress”.

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Technology has been a boon when it comes to enabling cheaper, faster and less frustrating ways of communicating with your family. Skype for example and webcams in general have made it easier for parents to bid goodbye to their University-bound sons and daughters. Facebook and other social networking recreate the spirit of community online.

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