New app freezes kids' phones until they reply to parent's message

New app freezes kids' phones until they reply to parent's message

How it works is pretty simple, where upon receiving the message, the window can not be dismissed until a reply has been sent back, meaning that kids are forced to say something in order to close the window.

But you may not have to deal with that problem any longer, thanks to a new smartphone app.

It's called ReplyASAP and, basically, it freezes your kid's phone-and sounds an alarm if the phone is on silent mode-essentially forcing your teenager to stop what they're doing and reply to their anxious parents if they want to regain access to their device. The ringing won't stop until the text or call is answered - even if the phone is on silent.

Nick Herbert said he created the app out of his own experience after his son started school and got a smart phone and wouldn't respond to his texts.


The app is dubbed ReplyASAP and came about when Herbert's teenaged son would not reply his messages because his phone was usually kept on silent, but the app solves it as it will ping the user regardless of the phone's audio settings. The sender will get a notification that the message was read. It also shows whether or not the message has been seen.

"Their suggestions ranged from changing your order when your friend is getting the drinks in at the bar, to finding your phone when you've misplaced it at home, to work situations when you need to get hold of work colleagues quickly", Herbert wrote.

However, now the app only works with Android and his 13-year-old Ben has an iOS phone.

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