A dad developed an app that locks his son’s phone until he responds.
Nick Herbert’s ReplyASAP messaging app takes over the recipient’s phone screen, sounding an alert until the message is replied, with guardians then notified when their child has seen the message. Mr. Herbert, of West Wickham, south east London, is currently planning to sell the application and profit from the frustration caused by his 13-year-old son Ben.
The 45-year-old said: “My son started at Langley Park School for Boys a couple of years ago and has a smartphone. I thought this would make getting hold of him easier, but it doesn’t at all. In fact, he is always playing games and has the phone on silent. It drives me crazy. I’m hoping the app will make our relationship better. It will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message.”
One slight issue is that the application works only on Android and, the funny thing is Ben has an iOS telephone. But Mr. Herbert recognized the application ain’t going to be as popular with the young people as Snapchat or Angry Birds or PokéFarm.
He said: “As they are teenagers I realize they aren’t going to be massively keen. My son hasn’t really said anything negative about the app. It is all about him understanding why it’s there. If I have something important to say I will send an urgent message. Hopefully, it will make things a bit easier. Will it be the bane of his life? Maybe, I’m not going to be using it all the time to speak to him. It is supposed to be a fail-safe.”
Mr Herbert went through eight months and a fair bit of cash developing the app, however, he is hopeful that it will take off. It costs $1.22 to use with one youngster, $3.03 to follow four individuals, $8.51 for 10 individuals and $15.82 for platinum, which associates with 20 numbers. All users get one free connection when they download the app and will be able to connect to one child for free, before having to pay.