Father Designs App To Freeze Kids’ Phones Until They Respond To Texts

August 27, 2017
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Kids can sometimes be quite careless when it comes to replying to their parent’s texts. While parents begin to panic about where their child is, the child probably has their phone on silent or is just not in the mood to reply just yet!

But for one Dad, who had enough of the lack of response, is making sure that he knows exactly what he’s kid is up to at all times!

A new app can now make sure that your children never “forget” to answer your texts again!

GoodHousekeeping.com reports that Nick Herbert created the app ReplyASAP after he got annoyed with his son ignoring his texts. The app finds a very interesting way to solve the problem.

The app locks the mobile phone by taking over the screen and sounding an alarm.

So if a child wants to use the phone again, he or she will have to respond to the message.  It also shows whether or not the message has been seen.

He said that his son’s phone was always on silent for some reason and that his goal was to override the quiet function of the phone.

There didn’t seem to be a solution out there that allowed me to send a message to him, that would override the silent function, appear over whatever he was doing and tell me when he had seen it,” Herbert told GoodHousekeeping.com.

And this is why he created the app.  So far it’s only available on Android however Herbert is working to create an iPhone app as well.

GoodHousekeeping reported that there are apps that allow a parent to remotely lock a phone as well such as Ignore No More.

Navigating the World Wide Web as an adult can be overwhelming enough, let alone helping your children stay safe and protected in the online world. But there are a few simple Internet safety steps every parent can take to help ensure a secure and wholesome Internet experience.

Internet filtering
Probably one of the first things — and one of the easiest things — parents can do is to set up web filtering on your router, which limits access to certain things across all devices connected to the Internet. Three of the top-ranked internet filters for 2015, according to TopConsumerReviews.com are: Net Nanny, Safe Eyes and Cyber Patrol.

Set YouTube age restrictions
If your children love watching videos on YouTube, consider setting up a family account. This way, it’s easier to control age restrictions and other kid-friendly settings, according to Yahoo.

Create an open-door policy with passwords
It may not be a popular option, but if parents require all passwords from various social media and online accounts to be written down and shared, it might deter behavior that kids wouldn’t want parents to see.

No Secret Places
Keep computers in a common area and/or don’t allow kids to take gadgets to bedrooms at night. By limiting privacy and holding them more accountable, kids might be less tempted to explore corners of the Internet that they shouldn’t, according to advice from Scholastic.

 

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