This Dad Invented An App That Freezes Kids’ Phones Until They Call Parents Back [Video]

Nick Herbert created the app ReplyASAP after getting fed up with his son ignoring his texts. (WESH) — Parents of teens know that cell phones can be a great way to keep in touch when their kids are out and about.

That is, unless they get distracted and “forget” to respond, which leaves you in a state of pa-nic. Luckily, one dad is here to help.

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Nick Herbert created the app ReplyASAP after getting fed up with his son ignoring his texts.

The app takes over the phone’s screen and sounds an alarm, essentially forcing teens to respond to their worrisome parents if they want to regain access to their phone. The app also notifies parents when their adolescent has seen their message.

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“My son has an iPhone, but I still can’t get hold of him very easily as it’s always on silent because he is playing games or has been at school and forgotten to turn the sound back on,” he explained to

“There didn’t seem to be a solution out there that allowed me to send a message to him, that would override the silent function, appear over whatever he was doing and tell me when he had seen it.”

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To solve his problem, Herbert took to creating the app and his son was surprisingly accepting of his dad’s invention.

“It gives him the freedom to keep his phone on silent, but with the knowledge that I can get a message to him if necessary,” Herbert said. “He knows when to use it and when I send him a message on it, it will be important.”

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While most settings and apps can’t freeze a phone as ReplyASAP does, our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute pointed out that Ignore No More is an iOS app that allows you to remotely lock your child’s device if he or she are not responding to you.

In addition, iPhone’s Emergency Bypass setting will trigger your phone to make a sound any time a specific person tries to get in touch with you, and if your child toggles on their “read receipts” setting, you can receive a timestamp underneath the text when he or she opened your message.

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