App freezes kids' phones until they respond to parents

This Dad Created an App That Locks Your Teenager's Phone Until They Answer Your Texts

This Dad Created an App That Locks Your Teenager's Phone Until They Answer Your Texts

Nick Herbert, of the United Kingdom, created the mobile app ReplyASAP, a messaging app that locks users' phone screens and sounds an alarm until they reply to a message.

While the app can be a useful tool for parents, Herbert said it can be used for sending important messages to friends or colleagues, as well. Nope, this is one of those alarms-blazing, what-could-be-more-important-than-me insane girlfriend things.

The creators said there are also "grown up" uses for the app, like finding a lost phone or getting a crucial message across at work.

When a text is sent using ReplyASAP, the recipient will get an audible alert, even overriding silent mode.

Right now the app is only available on Android devices. Unfortunately, functionality will be limited on iPhones, "due to the restrictions imposed by Apple". Unlike many parenting apps, Herbert decided that his would work both ways. For one person it's only 99p, but goes up in price depending on how many people you want to add. When a message is sent through "ReplyASAP", the phone makes a noise until the urgent message is acknowledged.

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Users can, however, delete the app, in which case their ReplyASAP contacts will receive a notification.

Nick Herbert and his 13-year-old son, Ben.

"However, what I thought was a solution turned into a different problem", Herbert wrote. Because the phone was 'smart, ' he could play games and watch videos on it. So invariably he keeps his phone on silent so I wouldn't know. "It will alleviate the stress when I can't get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message", Herbert said.

But have no fear, because there's now a new app which makes it literally IMPOSSIBLE for anybody to ignore you, and we think it's the stuff of dreams.

Ever wanted to get hold of someone but couldn't, as their phone was on silent?