Aussie mums unreachable at home despite technology: study

MOST Aussie mums cannot be contacted in an emergency when they are at home.

Millions of Australian children are left without a life-line to their mothers because their mobile phones are missing in action.

A Galaxy Research study shows for 70% of the nation's mothers being unable to be reached by their child or teenager in the case of an emergency beats out fears over schoolies week activities and underage drinking for 70%.

Yet 56% of mothers said they often could not be reached when in the family home.

About 31% said their phones were on silent, 28% reported their phones were in their handbags, 19% said their mobiles were charging in another room, 18% said their batteries were dead and 13% had switched off their phones.

The Parent Manifesto author Jodie Benveniste said mothers were reliant on technology.

"Many parents have viewed mobile phones as a way to always be in touch with our kids but mobile phones aren't always reliable and things can go wrong," the psychologist said.

"It's not just a concern for mums at home, it also works the other way around - if you leave your children at home while you are out, you need to feel 100% confident they can contact you in an emergency."

The study was conducted for VTech Telecommunications Australia.


Topics:  mobile phones parenting technology

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