Genius Dad's App Freezes Your Kid's Phone Until They Reply to Your Texts

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Seeing as it's the most popular means of communication these days, tons of families discuss important things over texts. They make appointments, flesh out dinner plans, and do safety check-ins all over the phone. While teenagers love to text their friends, getting them to text their parents back can feel like pulling teeth. Inspired by his own teen texting troubles, one amazing dad has created an app that allows you to freeze your kids' phones until they reply to your texts.


When father Nick Herbert gave his 12-year-old son, Ben, a bit more freedom, one of his only requirements was that Ben check in via texts throughout the day whenever he was out of the house. Herbert quickly realized that his one stipulation wasn't being followed when his text messages to his son continued to go unanswered.

"By the end of the summer I thought, 'Well, there must be something better,'" Herbert told CBS News. "I'm trying to find him all the time." 

In an effort to stay in contact with his son, the frustrated father decided to take things into his own hands. With the creation of his app, ReplyASAP, Nick has streamlined the process of communication between parents and their kids. 

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Instead of working like a regular texting app, ReplyASAP allows you to send texts that cannot be ignored. When a text is sent, the app triggers an alarm that won't go off until it is acknowledged. A little annoying, sure, but it might just be the saving grace parents need to finally get their kids engaged. 

For the app to work, parents have to download it themselves, then invite their children to download it as well. There are also -- of course -- a few catches. All parties can send alarms back and forth to each other, which means that sending an embarrassing alarm to your kid could open you up to the retaliation of receiving one back.

In addition, recipients who receive these alarming texts can cancel them without responding, though the sender will always be notified if this happens. 

Finally, the app does cost money. While the actual download is free, you have to pay for bundles to be able to use it with multiple people.

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Herbert has made it clear that ReplyASAP should only be used when necessary and not as a tool to annoy your kids. "I told my son, 'If you want to make it urgent, send me one of these. If you want to know where some socks are, send a text message and I can reply when I can,'" he told CBS News. 

Of course, not everyone is receptive to the idea of ReplyASAP. Some think that this dad may have taken things a little too far. 

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The app was released for Andriod users in early August, with an iPhone launch expected in the coming weeks. While initial reviews of ReplyASAP have expressed concerns over bugs, they are being ironed out in a timely fashion. 

ReplyASAP may not be perfect just yet, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. 

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