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Tuesday 23 September 2014

If kids won't pick up phone - there's an app for that

Rosa Prince

Published 19/08/2014 | 02:30

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Once disabled, the child's phone can only call a list of pre-selected numbers to obtain a code to reactivate it. Picture posed. Thinkstock
Once disabled, the child's phone can only call a list of pre-selected numbers to obtain a code to reactivate it. Picture posed. Thinkstock

A MOTHER from Texas, frustrated at her teenager's failure to answer her calls, has created an app which disables youngsters' phones if they refuse to respond. The "Ignore No More" app was invented by Sharon Standifird for all parents who have gone through the experience of trying to no avail to reach their children.

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Furious after an entire day spent attempting to contact her son Bradley by phone call and text, Mrs Standifird said the idea for the app came to her as soon as she knew he was safe. "We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can't even use it," she said to herself. "And I ... literally just started researching how to develop an app." The app took several months to create and is now available for Android phones via Google Play at a cost of €1.50. Mrs Standifird, a former soldier from Houston who served in the Gulf, is now working on developing a version for the iPhone.

Once disabled, the child's phone can only call a list of pre-selected numbers to obtain a code to reactivate it. In the process, they are forced to check-in with their parent or another caregiver on the list. Mrs Standifird said: "Bradley needs to call me because I'm the person that has the unlock password. "It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. I do have to say that he responds to my texts and my calls."

The elusive Bradley is less convinced however of the phone's necessity. He said "I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me."

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