It was one missed text too many for father Nick Herbert when he realised giving his son a mobile phone did not mean he would actually respond to his calls and texts, claiming his phone was ‘on silent’.
So he created ReplyASAP, an app which would force his child to respond to his texts, or risk their phone being frozen, or sound off an alarm if their mobile is ‘on silent’.
Speaking to Digital Trends, Herbert said that point of the app isn't to punish your children, necessarily.
“It is key to discuss with the child that they understand the reason for having it. It is not a punishment or a tool for tracking them, nor will it remotely lock [or] freeze their phone,” he said.
“It is simply a means of allowing them to carry on using their phone however they want, but giving a means of getting [them] an important message when [you] need to.”