Teens are notorious for ignoring phone calls from their parents. However, one mom got creative and put an end to the constant use of the ignore button with a creative new app called Ignore No More.
Sharon Standifird is the mother and mastermind behind the app. According to the app’s website,
“When you lock your child’s phone with Ignore No More your child has only two options – he or she can call you back, or call for an emergency responder. Now you have their attention. Ignore No More is an easy to install app that gives you control over your children’s phones.”
The way the app works is rather simple, when a call is ignored, all functions of the phone are locked except for the use of emergency calls. The parent sets a password that can unlock the phone, which encourages their child to call back quickly so that they can access their smartphone’s other functions and applications. Standifird says,
“It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. The child will always be able to call 911.”
Standifird told CBS News the app was created out of personal necessity. She thought about the issue after her teens repeatedly ignored her calls, but she knew they were okay.
“[She thought] We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can’t even use it,” Standifird said. “And I started — literally just started researching how to develop an app. So after months of design and working with developers, ‘Ignore No more’ was born.”
Since the app has been uploaded to the Google Play store, parents have been leaving reviews of their own. Some are even offering up other creative uses of the app. One mother suggests using the app to lock the phone at nighttime when you want your teen in bed and off the phone. You can also use the app to lock your teen’s phone when they are grounded. The Inquisitr previously reported a study that showed the high numbers of teen deaths from texting and driving. The app could even be used to lock phones while parents know the teen is driving a vehicle.
Locking the phone does not hinder your teen’s ability to call anyone on the list of “parent contacts” or emergency responders. This will limit the phones use to parent calls only.
What do you think of the Ignore No More app giving the parents the ability to lock a teen’s phone from anywhere? Is it a genius idea or overstepping some boundaries? Let us know what you think by commenting on this article.