When a parent grants a child's request for a smartphone, they likely don't have the same thing in mind. The parent is probably thinking it will be easier to reach the child. The child probably used that in the "sales pitch" to Mom & Dad, when that's likely the last thing on the kid's mind. It often takes only a short time for parents to realize they're being ignored while the child is gaming, or texting friends. A British father decided he'd had enough of that. Nick Herbert gave his middle school son an iphone, and found it didn't facilitate contacting the child, so he invented an app that locks the phone 'til parental texts get a response. ReplyASAP  sends an audio alarm, even when the phone is in silent mode, and locks a teen's phone until they respond to texts sent using the app. I have a funny feeling this one's going to be a hit.


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