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Dad Creates App That Locks Kids’ Phones Until They Respond to Their Parents

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Y’know, it’s almost surprising that a parent HADN’T created this app before now – because you know that this is a problem that every parent has had.

A dad in the U.K. named Nick Herbert could never get his son, Ben, to text him back after the youngster got a smartphone. Frustrated, Herbert decided to create RespondASAP, an app that locks your kids’ phone until they reply to you. Genius!

Photo Credit: Facebook,RespondASAP

On the website for the app, Herbert explained how RespondASAP was born.

“This app was born out of personal frustrations with current messaging apps. There are times that I need to get a message to him and he has no way of knowing that the call or text he ignores / doesn’t see is important or not, and I have no way of knowing if he has seen it (and I mean really seen it and not just moved it so he can get on with his game). There are messaging apps that tell you when a message is delivered and seen, but the point is the message can be ignored or not seen because he didn’t hear it.

So, RespondASAP, is my solution to this problem.”

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With the app, parents can send messages that are audible (even if the kiddo has their phone on silent) and the noise will continue until the recipient recognizes the message.

The app will also appear on the screen OVER what the child happens to be doing (playing a game, etc.), will block the phone until the recipient replies, AND sends the location of the recipient.

A pretty great idea, Mr. Herbert. Check out the Facebook page for RespondASAP as well to get more information.