London - The traditional idea of Grandma and Grandad being behind the times when it comes to new technology is itself behind the times, a study shows.

About 78 percent of grandparents now say that they consider themselves to be competent in online communication.

Around a half email regularly, a quarter own a laptop, while one in ten owns a top-of-the-range tablet computer.

A quarter of young adults said they now keep in touch with their grandparents by text, email, Facebook, instant messaging and Twitter.

Around 500 grandparents and 1,500 Britons aged 11 to 25 were polled to mark the launch of the film Parental Guidance, starring Bette Midler and Billy Crystal as a pair of old-fashioned grandparents. - Daily Mail