One of the top reason parents have for allowing their kids to have smartphones is that allows them to keep in touch with their kids when they’re away from home, whether it be at a sports practice, a friend’s house, or a class trip. The only problem with that is, WELL…kids aren’t always the best at responding to their parents in a timely manner. Talk about your all-time backfires! Happily, one savvy dad has come up with a solution to this phone problem—yep, thanks to him, there’s now an app for that!
App creator Nick Herbert gave his son Ben a smartphone primarily to increase communication but was frustrated with his son’s lack of a timely response to his text messages.“My son started at school a couple of years ago and got a smartphone…I thought this would make getting hold of him easier, but it doesn’t at all,” he told the UK’s Metro . So what’s a dad to do? Why, how about invent an app that would FREEZE his son’s phone until his son responded? GENIUS! And the app, named ReplyASAP, will do the same for you and your kid. WHOOP!
Not only does ReplyASAP lock your kiddo’s phone, it also sounds an alarm and takes over the home screen, so your child has no CHOICE but to reply if he or she ever wants to go back to using their phone. Herbert says the app was truly born of necessity; his son often had his phone on silent and wouldn’t notice texts or missed calls for long periods of time. The app also alerts the parent when the child has seen the message in question, which, Herbert says,”will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message.” (AKA, at least you know he’s ALIVE!!)
It’s true we can’t CONTROL our children, but an app like this will certainly teach them the importance of meeting our expectations of responding and communicating in a timely manner on the devices we’ve given them. And the faster they adhere to those expectations, the faster we can discontinue the use of these kinds of tools.
I think this app is a great option for parents and kids who NEED it to help make their phone privileges and expectations work—what do you think of Herber’s invention? You can find out more at the app’s Facebook page.