Father creates app that forces teens to reply to parent’s texts
LONDON: A frustrated father has created a mobile app to stop kids from ignoring their parents’ phone calls or texts.
Nick Herbert was unable to contact his son, Ben, so came up with a way of stopping the 13-year-old from screening his calls.
The 45-year-old built the ReplyASAP messaging app which takes over the recipient’s phone screen and sounds an alarm – and doesn’t stop until it is answered.
Parents are told if their kids have seen their message and if the troublesome teen’s phone is turned off then a message pending sign will show on the sender’s phone.
Now Mr Herbert, from West Wickham in London, is selling his creation to help stressed out parents across the country keep track of their children, reported the Sun.
‘My son started at Langley Park School for Boys a couple of years ago and has a smartphone’, said Mr Herbert.
‘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’, he said.
He hopes the app will make their relationship better as a result.
‘It will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message’, he said.
However, currently the app only works with Android and his 13-year-old Ben has an iOS phone.