A new report has revealed that parents, on average, send 600 texts, 312 emails and spend 28 hours on the phone annually to track their children.
One in every five parents has admitted that the best way to know the whereabouts of their children is via social networking sites like Facebook.
The findings come from a study of 5,000 mothers and fathers by National Family Week.
More than half of parents have felt that mobile phones and online networking overly preoccupy their children, reports the Daily Express.
Three quarters are of the opinion that modern technology has had a negative impact on family life, with 17 per cent citing texting in particular and 37 per cent banning mobile phones or laptops at the dinner table.