Updated 17 October 2003, 18.34
Milly Dowler's family are launching a ChildLine campaign to get parents to text more, to keep in touch with their kids.
Do your parents keep up to date, are they good at texting, or do they pull faces at the very thought of it.
My parents couldn't text if there life depended on it. My grandma is better at texting than them!
Harriet, 12, Cleveleys
My mum's always moaning about hearing my text tone every 2 minutes but she's just as bad!!
Mary, 13, Gravesend
My dad doesn't text. He deletes texts cos he doesn't know how to use them. My mum is quite a fast texter. She texts in capitals and uses kid slang on it! as for me, I prefer typing on the computer cos I do 29 words per minute which gets it done quicker.
Gemma, 14, Liverpool
My mum texts all the time - her phone is going literally 24/7! She's mastered texting now, but she still can't use predictive, and her pay as you go amounts are hideous!
Chris, 14, Morden
My dad's pretty good... my mom is terrible though! She calls me back to ask what I mean! Talk about pointless...
Caitlyn, 13, Sydney, Australia
My mum texts about one word per minute and my dad wouldn't have a clue where to start!
Hollie, 14, Aberdeen
My mum txts me sometimes when I'm out and so does my gran! I think everybody who has a mobile should know how to txt as it can save a lot of worrying.
Sarah, 14, Birmingham
My mum can txt shes just a bit slow, but I'd rather get a slow txt than a phone call!
Amy, 13, Pontypridd
My mum's always texting me... and my dad. It's my main way of keeping in touch when I'm out.
Rosie, 14, Sheffield
They want me to teach them, but every time I try they say they're too tired or they never remember anything I tell them! honestly!!!!!!!
Elizabeth, 13, Ipswich
My parents are really well trained, it took a while but it's definitely worth it! The first word I taught them was gr8!!!!!
Imogen, 11, Hertfordshire
My dad pretends he doesn't like mobiles, but when I'm travelling by myself, he texts me all the way on my journey!!
Anna, 14, Edinburgh
My parents have a hard enough time trying to phone using a mobile.
Louise, 12, Glasgow
Our whole family is mobile-literate. We all have phones, and both my mum and my dad are confident in using theirs. It makes us all happier about being out.
Sarah, 15, Southampton
My dad is OK, he can understand them but my mum, she's so bad at it! I've tried to teach her but she always forgets what they mean!
Kelz, 16, York
My mum and dad are great at texting. They text each other all the time.
Frances, 10, Fareham
mM parents are hopeless they didn't let me have a mobile till I was 13.
Poy, 15, Leeds
I text my mum and dad to tell them where I am, it's easy, quick and saves money! They go on for ages asking silly things like "am I having a nice time?"
Bethan, 14, Cardiff
My parents are hopeless. And they moan about my spelling when I text them. I wish they'd realise I spell like that to save time!
Stu, 13, York
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