Your mom’s calling. What do you do?
A) Pick up the phone
B) Reject the call
C) Screen the call
D) Your mom never calls
Well, one mom’s app may force you to pick Option A.
Texas mom Sharon Standifird invented a new app that will lock her children’s phones unless they pick up her calls, according to WKMG Local 6, an Orlando news affiliate. The app is called “Ignore No More,” and it originally made waves in the news cycle back in August.
The app allows parents to lock their children’s phones from afar with a click of the button. Once the phone is locked, the only way a child can use the phone again is by calling his or her parent back.
Of course, it’s not the easiest app to set up. Parents have to create an account and make sure their children’s phones have the app, too. After that, “Voilà: parents have a surefire way to get junior on the phone whenever they’d like,” according to Engadget.
“It takes away texting; it takes away the gaming; it takes away calling their friends,” Standifird said, according to WKMG. “The child will always be able to call 911.”
Right now, the app is only available for Android for $1.99. An iPhone version is expected in March, WKMG reported.
Of course, this app might have some negative effects, too. According to new research cited by HealthDay, half of American teens who talk on their cellphones while driving are usually talking to their mom or dad. This app could add to that danger, since children will have to answer those calls to unlock their phones.
Standifird’s app also may be another form of helicopter parenting that can make children depressed and feeling incompetent when they’re older, according to a study cited by Time magazine.
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