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The internet clearly holds the key to modern-day parenting - with 82 per cent of mums relying on the web for advice on how to bring up their children.

Research conducted by broadband provider Plusnet ahead of Mothers' Day highlighted the importance of the internet to mums, with 99 per cent spending some of their free time online.

Some 41 per cent of mothers said they use the internet to do their weekly shop, helping to save time and avoid the high street or supermarket queues.

And 40 per cent are now taking advantage of online banking, helping to eliminate inconvenient trips to their local branch.

Meanwhile mothers are using the web to help their kids do their homework - with 51 per cent conducting research over the internet.

And when their children fall ill, the web is the first port of call of those looking to match the symptoms to an illness or condition.

Commenting on the survey results, Plusnet ambassador Jennifer Ellison said it is "great that mums can find a quick way to get advice online when it is needed".

"I personally really value being able to use the net to speak to my family when I'm away," the former Brookside actress stated.

"Doing Dancing on Ice has made me realise how valuable something like video calls are – it's fantastic to be able to see your little boy as well as talk to him on the phone!"

Ms Ellison said she is also a "big fan" of online shopping, as this helps save time after a long day at work.

Jamie Ford, Chief Executive of Plusnet, commented that with more and more people using the web for everyday needs, the broadband provider is committed to providing "reliable and competitively priced broadband" that is perfect for family life.

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