If using a child theme note this on WordPress Updates page
On WordPress Updates if the site is using a child theme and there is an update for the parent theme available note this to the user next to the update message 'xxx is your site's parent theme - changes to this may affect your child theme yyy'
The child theme/parent theme relationship is noted under Appearance > Themes but not on Updates.
One presumes that they would know they have a child theme... Either they made it or their dev did. And most good commercial child themes don't break when the parent is upgraded, any more than when WP is.
I don't work with many parent/child themes but it's been my experience with the ones that I have that parent theme upgrades often impact on their child themes, often because core architecture is changed. It's not so much about the quality of the child theme, more just reminding people of the relationship between their current theme and the one they're upgrading.
There is a 'view details' link for listed plugins to be upgraded on the Updates page so my suggestion is to include the same for themes too and offer the same nice UI touch as on the Themes page by reminding people if a theme listed there is a parent of the current theme.
Very VERY rarely does a parent theme change core architecture. I work with a LOT and I think you've stumbled onto the exceptions rather than the rules there...
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