A study carried out for National Family Week, which takes place from the 30th of May till the 5th of June, found that parents need to send at least 600 texts, 312 emails and spend more than 1500 minutes on the phone every year just to keep track of their offspring.

(The report also found that 20 per cent of parents said that social networking websites like Facebook were the best place to find out what their off springs were doing. Or maybe it’s only what they want you to think they are really doing.)