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All praise the family WhatsApp group—like having a busy front room in your back pocket

As families disperse geographically, the family WhatsApp group can keep you together. As long as you remember that Mum is "Chief"

By Harry Harris  

From Wales to London to Edinburgh, our family WhatsApp group has kept us together.

My Mum still isn’t properly certain of the difference between data and wifi. Since getting a smartphone a couple of years ago—after labouring away with an old-school handset since I was a teenager—she’s become fairly adept at using the new tech: her emoji game is solid, she’s great on Instagram, and she can take a selfie.

But the only way I can describe data usage in a way that lands is thus: on wifi, you…

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