In one case involving a girl of just five, social workers intervened when concerns were raised about the amount of time she was on a computer.

Council staff were also worried the child’s parents were themselves spending endless hours in front of screens.

Details of the tech-addict family were uncovered in a survey of councils looking at unusual reasons why children were taken into care.

Reported by The Daily Star. You can read the full story here. 

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