Growing army of e-grandparents: Half now send emails regularly and a quarter own a laptop

Growing army of e-grandparents: Half now send emails regularly and a quarter own a laptopOlder generation increasingly tech-savvy, according to new researchGrandchildren regularly use social media, e-mail and texting to stay in touchA quarter of those surveyed now own a laptop PUBLISHED: 22:35 GMT, 27 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Hi kids: Around 78 per cent of grandparents say they are competent in online communication. File picture Half of Brits now keep in touch with grandparents and elderly relatives by text message, email and even Facebook, a study has revealed. Instead of picking up the phone, many are now using social networking sites to update their relatives, with nearly a quarter of grannies claiming they are regular users of Facebook

Schools to be banned from taking pupils" fingerprints without parents" consent

Schools to be banned from taking pupils' fingerprints without parents' consent30 per cent of secondary schools use fingerprinting Schools will have to ensure data from pupils is treated with careCivil liberties campaigners welcome the ban | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 24 December 2012 Schools minister David Laws says the ban will give parents all the power over personal data Schools are to be banned from collecting pupils' biometric data without the consent of parents, it was announced yesterday. Hundreds of secondary schools in England use fingerprints or face recognition systems for the issuing of library books or to allow pupils to enter certain buildings. Last night Michael Gove's Department for Education said that from next September, schools will be forced to obtain parental permission before taking fingerprints

Number of children who never see Dad read a book jumps a third in two years as computers and gadgets capture their attention

Number of children who never see Dad read a book jumps a third in two years as computers and gadgets capture their attentionOne in seven youngsters told researchers they had never been to a bookshopThe number of youngsters who had no encouragement to read rose by six per cent in six years | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 18 December 2012 TV presenter Richard Madeley is heading a campaign to increase literacy among fathers One in three fathers sets a poor example to his children by never picking up a book to read, a study found today. The number of dads who are never seen reading a book has risen 30 per cent in just two years as computers and other gadgets claim more of their attention.

It"s the most awkward time of year! Family photos show off the best festive poses

It's the most awkward time of the year! Family photos show off the best of the worst festive poses | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 12 December 2012 Ugly sweaters, lopsided trees and feigned expressions of merriment – what would Christmas be without your very special and uniquely awkward family The Parental Guidance Awkward Holiday Photo Contest encourages families everywhere to share their nightmare snaps from festive holiday albums. The competition runs until December 19 and the winner will get goody bags of the popular website's books and board games. The new comedy Parental Guidance, released on Christmas Day, stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei