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Clever Dad Invents An App That Locks Children’s Phones If They Don’t Reply To A Text Message

Being a parent is hard. You want to give your children a certain amount of freedom, but at the same time, have a good amount of control over what they do and get up to.

For instance, it can be so difficult sometimes to get a simple reply from them. It’s a huge amount of effort for someone them to just text a few words.. it’s really quite frustrating.

This one father had enough of getting no reply from his son so…having the knowledge and the idea, he developed an app that locks his son’s phone until he responds. Genius.

Created by Nick Herbert, the app is called ‘ReplyASAP’ and it’s able to take over the recipient’s phone screen. It sounds an alarm until the message is answered… parents are then notified when their child has seen the message. How good is that?

Nick Herbet, from West Wickham, south east London, wants to sell the app. Maybe something can come from the annoyance his 13 year old has caused him?

He said:

“My son started at Langley Park School for Boys a couple of years ago and has a smartphone. I thought this would make getting hold of him easier, but it doesn’t at all.

“In fact, he is always playing games and has the phone on silent. It drives me crazy.

“I’m hoping the app will make our relationship better. It will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message.”

We’re not sure if this app with make kids keener to reply or make them hate everything to do with it. It’s definitely an extreme way to deal with an ignored message. What do you think?

The only downside to the app, is that it only works for Android a phones… and the funny thing is, Ben, Mr Herberts son, has an iOS phone.

Mr Herbert has taken into consideration that the app ain’t gonna be as popular with kids as SnapChat, Instagram and TikTok is taking over their screens at the moment…

He said:

“As they are teenagers I realise they aren’t going to be massively keen. My son hasn’t really said anything negative about the app. It is all about him understanding why it’s there.

“If I have something important to say I will send an urgent message. Hopefully it will make things a bit easier.

“Will it be the bane of his life? Maybe, I’m not going to be using it all the time to speak to him. It is supposed to be a fail-safe.”

It took eight months and a lot of money for the app to be developed.
To download and use it costs 99p ($1.22) for the use on one child.

It will cost £2.49 ($3.03) to track four people and £6.99 ($8.51) for 10 people, £12.99 ($15.82) for platinum which let’s you add up to 20 numbers.

Mr Herbert said:

“I thought ‘maybe it is just my son who has his phone on silent the whole time’.

“But after speaking to other parents I think there is an issue that the app would address. It seems to be something that does resonate.”

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