A significant number of parents in the UK could benefit from trading in their mobile phone and investing in an internet-friendly handset in order to learn more about the web.
New Ofcom research has found almost half (48 per cent) of those with children aged between five and 15 admit they know less about online activity than their sons and daughters.
When the age range is restricted to youngsters between 12 and 15, some 70 per cent of people suggest their skills are inferior.
It is thought that the use of mobile phones and game consoles is at least partly responsible for the boom in kids' online skills.
Adults may wish to follow suit by trading in their used phones and upgrading to a model that offers quick and reliable access to the net.
Howard Wilcox, senior analyst at Juniper Research, this week predicted one major use of mobiles in the years to come will be contactless payment in shops.
Posted by Samantha Green