Need Your Kid’s Attention? New App Freezes Phone, Sounds Alarm Until They Answer


One fed up parent has created a way to get his child’s attention when his son is not replying to his messages.

Nick Herbert was tired of being ignored by his middle school son, Ben, who was not replying to texts or phone calls. Thus a new app called ReplyASAP was born.

The app ultimately freezes the phone and takes over the screen complete with an alarm. It also overrides the phone being on silent, and will ring anyway until the message or call is answered. The sender will also get a notification if the message has been read.

Herbert said, “He will also have the ability to send me these messages – so there is a mutual understanding that using ReplyASAP is only for important things and not because he needs new batteries for his Xbox controller.”

Fox 5 reports:

Nick also talked to his friends about “grown up” uses for the app, like finding a lost phone, changing your drink order if a friend is ordering drinks at the bar, and work situations when you need to contact coworkers quickly.

The ReplyASAP app is available on Android devices, CLICK HERE to learn more.

While this seems like a good idea, I also immediately thought of the cons here. What if the child is in class with their phone on silent, or in a test, or perhaps in church. Then suddenly the ringing won’t stop and that child is in trouble. What if there is another situation where the child in a position where they need to be quiet for their own safety and the ringing starts.

I think the idea itself is good, but I think there also needs to be some more thought put into it.

Back when I was that age, if I didn’t answer my parent’s calls, I was grounded and didn’t have a phone anymore. What happened to the days of good ol’ punishment?

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