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[August 19, 2014]
App forces teens to stay in touch [Mercury, The (South Africa)]
(Mercury, The (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Frustrated-mother-turned-evil-genius Sharon Standifird has developed Ignore No More, an Android app that gives parents the ability to lock a child's smartphone from afar, making it unwise to ignore mom's phone calls.
"When you lock your child's phone with Ignore No More, your child has only two options - he or she can call you back, or call for an emergency responder," it says on the app's website.
"Now you have their attention. Ignore No More is an easy-to-install app that gives you control over your children's phones." Password The parent sets a password that can unlock the phone, which encourages the child to call back quickly so the smartphone's other functions and applications can be used.
Standifird, a mother of two, consulted developers for months and is finding the app popular with like-minded parents.
"My son hates it and I love it," Liane Parker wrote in her review of the app on the Google play store.
"Love the idea, even good for bedtime when you want them off the phone," said one reviewer.
The teens whose phone access will be affected, however, are dismayed by parents' newfound control.
Standifird's son Bradley said: "I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me." - The Independent The Mercury (c) 2014 Independent Newspapers (Pty) Limited. All rights strictly reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).
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