Friday, August 22, 2014

Teen Ignoring Your Text? This App Might Help

If you're a parent, you've likely already paid big bucks for your child to have one of these.


If not...better start saving now! But one thing parents rarely think about as they're signing up for that contract is that the day will come when they're trying to reach that child...and...


Remember, you bought that phone. You're paying the contract every month. You rationalize to yourself, "Maybe she put her cell phone down," but she lives with you. You know she looks like this 24/7:


So what do you do? You could take her phone away, but you know what will happen then.


What if you could lock her phone on command? Then, if she didn't respond, she couldn't use her phone to do anything but call a parent? That would make her call you back...



A frustrated mom came up with exactly that solution. Ignore No More is an Android app that lets a parent control every device in the house from one phone. No answer to your call/text? Lock the phone and leave the person no other choice but to respond. If the child really is in a situation where no phones are allowed, you can bet you'll be the first call.



Do your children have phones? Do they always respond to your calls or texts immediately? What excuses do they come up with when they don't? 

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57 comments:

  1. That is a really awesome app. You're right, kids always have their phones on them. They saw the message from mom.
    I would've been a mean parent. My kids wouldn't have gotten cell phones until high school and then only if they were either working or participating in an after school activity.

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  2. This is so awesome, Stephanie. Where I work as a nanny, two of the children always answer their texts whereas the other two are always impossible to find. And the excuse is always something like, "My phone died," or "I didn't hear the text." But when they are at home, their phones are glued to their hands.
    I'm definitely going to share this with my boss. She will love it!

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  3. I worked with an angry dad who paid $100 a month for his daughter's iPhone bill...he would get SO mad when she would ignore his calls and texts. I couldn't say I blamed him on that one. That's a lot of money to spend to be at the bottom of someone's totem pole!

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  4. My son is known to not respond, but my daughters always do. His reason is that there was nothing to say, but he also doesn't say anything in person, so it makes sense.

    We took him back to college yesterday with the plea that he at least respond to texts with an 'OK' so we know he's alive.

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  5. My kids do NOT have phones yet. Maybe someday they will. Sounds like a great app. lol

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  6. What a great idea! I don't have kids, yet, so I'll cross this bridge when I come to it. But, I've never really thought about how frustrating it must be to have your texts ignored when YOU'RE PAYING FOR THE DAMN PHONE!

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  7. I think today's children in the West are extremely spoilt and they take everything for granted. So I'd spank spank and spank again their parents, before I'd spank them too :)
    Or I'd just show them videos and films with kids from the poor countries who don't even have water and food and don't even know what a TV or phone is....

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  8. My 'children' are adults...so, this post doesn't apply to me. In fact, some days when I'm busy or out and about with my husband, I don't ANSWER the texts from my kids.

    LOL

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  9. I agree with Dezzi there. Our children have so much yet don't appreciate it. Maybe because they have too much. Mobile phones can be lifesavers though, and there are some great apps to help keep them safe.

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  10. I love this app. Yes I do. That would end the no response.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  11. Bijoux's comment reminded me that I noticed recently almost EVERY text I send says, "ok." The only time I text is to respond to someone's question about where we're meeting!

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  12. My kids kind of have phones, but no contracts - meaning only can hook up to hotspots. Since they only are out on their own at organized things (school, church, etc.), there's no need for anything else.
    BUT this app is cool. I can really see how parents would love it.

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  13. Also--I worked with another guy who pointed out almost every parent we worked with had paid hundreds of dollars for their tweens/teens to have an iPhone...but almost all of them hadn't set a dime aside for their children's college...

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  14. This is an awesome app. I could imagine how much it sucks if a child didn't answer back! I would get worried fast!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  15. That is an awesome app, they don't want to talk to you, fine, they'll talk to no one haha sweet revenge

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  16. I saw this new app; love it! My son, now 25, always answered my calls when he was a teen (I wasn't text savy for years, still don't do a lot of texting). The only time he didn't answer my calls was when he forgot to charge his phone and it would die, but that was more when he was a young adult and not in his high school teen years. If he didn't respond, he wouldn't have the phone :)

    betty

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  17. I'm pretty sure if I'd been raising my kids during the technology times of today, I'd be inventing all kinds of apps.

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  18. saw this on the news last night. inventive but kinda sad, too.

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  19. First, I think this is an app created by a true genius, perhaps the husband of Necessity, the mother of invention.

    Daily, I discuss parenting issues with friends (homeschoolers) and I can't for the LIFE of me understand why a parent would pay for a phone - even ONE more day - when the child behaves in a manner that is disrespectful or obviously doesn't appreciate the blessing of having your own phone AND NOT PAYING FOR IT YOURSELF.

    Maybe we could just go back to the old adage about "not looking a gift horse in the mouth" as an important life lesson.

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  20. I find your comment about most kids having expensive phones and not one dollar in a college fund. It does say something, doesn't it! At 10 Amara does have a phone now and it is closely monitored! But no iPhone -- she got Daddy's old Android phone when he got a new one (and she DOES have a college fund). I will certainly tell them about this app -- it hasn't been a problem yet but never to soon to be prepared!

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  21. I'm not a parent, but still, that sounds like a good idea, haha! I'm not a big phone person anyway, my last one I've had for ages, it's a blackberry imitation (I so wasn't forking out that amount of money for an actual blackberry), and I'm on pay as you go- but it's probably better anyway because it won't die. Seriously. I've thrown it at the wall and nothing.

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  22. This app sounds really amazing.

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  23. Thankfully, my daughter is only 4 (today) and my son isn't even 1. Hopefully it'll be a few more years before she has her own phone. :)

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  24. My daughter doesn't always respond right away, because my texts to her usually start out, "Call me when you wake up" or "Hey, text me when you get this."

    My son is different. I'll call him and when he doesn't answer, I wait 5 minutes and he's usually calling me back. So, I know he's screening his calls. :)

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  25. Ha! I love this!

    I wonder what will be out when my 3 year olds are in the phone age. This is pretty cool, though, I'm sure moms will still get the "I hate you" reaction. lol

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  26. Ah I'm terrible with my phone, mainly now that I can check my emails and else on it.

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  27. I didn't have a cellphone till I was in my twenties, and still rarely text. It's hard for me to imagine why kids would need cellphones, let alone expensive ones. The kids I used to babysit were always bugging me to play on my iPhone, and wouldn't understand when I didn't let the younger one hold it or why I didn't want them playing games when I wasn't in a WiFi zone and didn't know their school's password to get in. Um, because it costs money to use it without an Internet connection!

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  28. Oh i saw this at GMA the other day, cool app! Thank God I don't need it though coz that would be so annoying!

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  29. OKAY...so that is genius! I LOVE this idea. Haha. I'm not a parent (yet), but boy oh boy I can understand the frustration. :)

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  30. My childless (and slightly malevolent) self thinks that is pure genius. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.

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  31. I think a lot of parents buy their children phones to be able to reach them. I've seen kids as young as 7 or 8 with phones and the parents say it's so they are reachable. Then, they get to a certain age and they're mortified if they don't have the same phone everyone else has. God forbid a teenager be unique or stand out in any way whatsoever! So the parents cave and buy whatever the latest and greatest phone is. If they're smart, they also buy the insurance, because that phone will either be lost or broken within a year with most kids!

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  32. My kids don't have a phone yet. My son might get one in March, when he's 13. But if he becomes irresponsible, I'll take it right back.

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  33. I don't have kids, but I find it so sad that teenagers stare at their phones all day. I guess I'm old-fashioned, but that's one of the reasons why I hate smart phones.

    People are keeping up with social media but are missing out on life and real connections.

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  34. Wow, great app! I know my kids live with their phones attached to the palms of their hands and when they don't respond to a text I fume!!Of course, there's always a lame excuse.

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  35. Kids had it better when their parents didn't know what a text was LOL

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  36. That's pretty awesome! I might need that in oh, 12-14 years. I've already decided that he won't have a smartphone. Talk and text will be all. Kids(and grownups) are ridiculous w/their phones these days. Look up and take in life ppl- or better yet- read a book! ;)

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  37. I should pass on this app info to the parents of my 8th graders...I'm sure they'd be very appreciative :)

    Could also use it for my husband (haha)

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  38. I think we've got a couple more years before we have to face this battle... I hope.

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  39. I heard about this...great idea! Personally I don't understand why all kids are allowed to have phones. I mean, a Tracphone with 30 minutes, to call you if there's an emergency, yes. To have these expensive high-tech phones that do everything is ridiculous to me! I don't get it! It isn't good for kids to stare at blue screens all day. It interferes with real life. It's wrong on so many levels. But, everyone does it.

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  40. What if the kid uses the app to prank the parent's phone? Don't think they can't figure out a way.

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  41. My oldest is 9yrs old, and since I didn't get my first cell phone until I was in my 30's, she won't be getting one anytime soon lol.

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  42. I like this app, I am going to look for it...

    I did get a phone for Valya recently, so far so good...

    She isn't great about answering texts but I am working on the importance... this app would help :)

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  43. What a brilliant idea - makes me wish I had teenage kids!

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  44. Wow. That is an awesome app!

    I'm not there yet though. My oldest is ten and although he asks for a phone periodically, he's not getting one yet. Much to his dismay. :)

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  45. This is a great device and I hope all parents are able to get this. I would be hated. I would not get my kids cell phones until they were in high school and then it would be pay as you go and they would have to fill it each month if they have a job. They would hate me:)

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  46. I saw something about that app someplace else. Genius.

    As for the comment that the kids break the phone within a year--I can't tell you how many teens I've seen with phones with cracked screens.

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  47. Liz A--Because "nobody uses a case." Cases aren't cool.

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  48. The wonderful apps like this, is timely around this technological age.

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  49. I realize that I am so old school and while I'm ok with that I know it irritated my daughter to no end. She's 23 now but when she was a teenager I told her I would not buy her a phone, she had to get good grades, get a job and pay for it herself. Guess who didn't get a phone until they were 18. lol

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  50. Sounds like a fantastic app!

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  51. I can't imagine what it would be like to raise kids today. So much has changed AND really in a fairly short time span. Like everything else, I can see the good side and the bad of cell phones. I guess the way a child treats a cell phone would be a direct result from the values he/she learned at home.

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  52. I have some friends who would absolutely love this app for their sons who don't respond to their texts and phone calls. I'd also love to have the app on hand in case my sons tried to ignore me more than usual.

    Julie

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  53. Haha, good app. Unfortunately (or fortunately in my case) it wouldn't work for me, as I don't have a smartphone.

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  54. As a teen, I find this both hilarious and slightly horrifying. I mean, it's an awesome app that wouldn't affect me much because I reply to all texts ASAP, but if I didn't, I can imagine the horror haha. It's actually a real smart way to have a sliver of control over your children!

    P.S. I find it funny that this post only talks about "she's" and not "he's". I guess this is more of a girl problem?

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  55. That's a cool app, and I totally get that parent's frustration. We have used the parent/family controls available through Verizon for our daughter's phone for several years... it helps us control the times she uses it and who she texts. Getting her to reply to our texts in a timely manner... still working on that!
    Nancy at Hungry Enough To Eat Six

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