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Mums in the UK are now more likely to turn to the internet than their own family when seeking parenting advice, according to new research.

A study from BT and the Netmums website has found that the marked growth of broadband in Britain means that 47 per cent of mothers now turn to the web first for tips on how to bring up their children.

As well as using the web for collating information, results from the research show that mothers are also using the internet for friendship and support, with 42 per cent saying they have met a friend online.

BT Futurologist Lesley Gavin commented: "No matter where they are or what time they log on, the internet can help mums to seek advice and reliable information about a hundred different things at the click of a button."

Another statistic from the research says that 42 per cent of mothers have considered setting up a home business using the internet.

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