How well up on technology are you?

JUST how much of a techie are you – and what do your parents think?

Sixty per cent of youngsters play with gadgets, such as an iPad or Kindle, and laptops.

But when asked if their child had used a gadget without them knowing it at the time, nearly a fifth of parents said their children a text message from their phone.

A quarter of all children have run up a landline bill, others have downloaded apps on to their phones and ten per cent of parents said their child had downloaded software without their prior knowledge.

Parents aged 55 or over felt the least comfortable letting children play with any gadgets until they reach ten years old or older.

In comparison, the youngest parents, those aged between 18-24, have embraced the technological revolution. A quarter feel comfortable allowing children even under the age of two to use these gadgets.

The results came from Legal & General whose director Mike Lawler said: “We are increasingly bringing new and often expensive pieces of technology into our homes which, if left within reach, can be very tempting for a child to then play with.”

l The ultimate cookery challenge for all budding young chefs is back!

The Red Tractor beef and lamb Mmmake it with Mince Challenge is once again open to all students aged 11 to 16 years in Key Stages 3 and 4 who are passionate about cooking or pursuing a career in the food industry.

The free to enter challenge, led by celebrity chef James Martin, is now in its sixth year.

Students can design and submit their own original recipes using Red Tractor beef or lamb mince. Students between the ages of 11 and 16 can enter as individuals, or submit entries via their Food Technology teachers and schools.

To sign up to the Challenge and for more information, email, call the hotline on (0207) 8613858 or write to Red Tractor Mmmake it with Mince Challenge, Good Relations, 26 Southampton Buildings, London, WC2A 1PQ.