A parenting expert has observed that smartphones can be an important tool for parents to stay in touch with their children while they are away at university.
Judith Reith, parenting coach at parentingpeople.co.uk, made the observation after research from O2 Home Broadband found that 60 per cent of parents are dreading the onset of 'empty nest syndrome'.
"The more useful way of thinking about it is that it's a time of change. It's going to be a change for your child, and it's a change for you as a parent," she remarked.
Internet-enabled technology plays a key role for parents to stay in touch with their kids, according to Ms Reith, who said that "if you're not going to keep up with technology the reality is that you're not going to hear from them".
O2 Home Broadband found that parents are using email (47 per cent), social networking (25 per cent) and Skype (19 per cent) to keep in touch with their children at university.
Posted by Simon Jones