Parents, kids not calling you back? Frustrated mom develops app that remotely locks devices until they do

Parents, kids not calling you back?  Frustrated mom develops app that remotely locks devices until they do
It should come as no surprise to parents or teenagers alike, when the parent calls or texts, the kids very often ignore their mom or dad.

This is not a new phenomenon, kids have been ignoring or rebelling against their parents since the dawn of mankind. Technology that makes us all connected can be easily ignored too. While the kids see it as a parent that won’t leave them alone, often mom or dad just want to check in and make sure all is well.

When Sharon Standifird was trying to contact her kids, and they didn’t respond, she was furious that it was simply due to them electing to ignore her. Never mind that the kids don’t pay the bills, or that Sharon was just checking in, the kids made a mistake that motivated their mom to develop an app that forces the kid’s hand.

Called Ignore No More, Sharon embarked on the challenge of developing an app which virtually shuts the kids’ phones down until they return her message. “It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. The child will always be able to call 911,” according to Sharon.

Available now in Google Play, Ignore No More (see source link in slide show), will remotely lock the kid’s phone, offering them only the ability to call a pre-selected list of contacts. The parent can then provide an unlock password and everything returns to normal.  The app cannot be disabled by the kid either.

Needless to say, Sharon’s (and other parents’) kids respond to her in a much more timely fashion now. Her son, Bradley, it torn on his mom's accomplishment, “Um, well I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me.”





source: CBS New York (1, 2)

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37 Comments

31. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

being a mom + being a developer + watching over a teenager = nothing good comes out of it

27. jadjr

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

parents barely knows how to use a phone and her kids are old (supposedly) so she most be old

25. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Sounds like this mother has some control issues.

22. hameed1989

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Paranoia can be such a good motivator!!! what next...installing GPS tracking chips into your children!!

24. astarling10

Posts: 25; Member since: May 12, 2014

AT&T already had something like that. If I had more than 30 posts, I could link it. It looks like an armband with GPS chip in it. $150!

21. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Of course it can work, make the app stay hidden in the phone the kid can not see it and there's no way to access it unless may be you dial some numbers. That way kids are done

20. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Ha over my dead body. If your kid is responsible they'll call. Its not that hard to just call back.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Or just get a windows phone and have it built right on in. Setup 'childs' account with MS Account, you get access to all their usage, ability to limit usage and ability to restrict what can be seen. You can log into windowsphone.com, ring, lock, find location and erase the phone.

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Are you saying that Windows Phone comes standard with "Big Mother" ?? :)

23. aSystemOverload

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yes and you can set up restricted accounts on Android and the Android Device Manager can identify the location of the device, lock it, erase it etc... They had it long before WinPhone did.

14. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

It is easy to turn off data for any line with AT&T. On AT&T's website. That would get their attention.

13. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

What a useless, harmful app. The kids will override this in a much shorter period of time than the moms took installing it, thus further increasing the tension for no purpose.

16. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

No, it sounds useful to me. And the iPhone fanboy: No reason why Android sucks, no reason why iOS is awesome. Whatever, just get back to your day.

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I don't fully understand how the password unlocking works. Does the mom have to tell the password to the kid and they put it in? Otherwise this seems like a very helpful and innovative app...

18. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Yes the parent will lock the phone and the kid will have to request the password from the parent to use the phone again.

10. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Most parents these days won't even know how to activate this app on their phone.

9. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Nice! Try making this app or the limited iPHONE

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

This mom is forgetting how resourceful kids are. If an adult can invent a child proof technology or product, it will be the child that discovers the key to "Un-invent" it. John B.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

To all moms, Make a good sandwich first.

6. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I probably could use this,

5. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Problem is, most moms are not caught up to technology enough to use this kind of an app properly. It will create more frustrations between them and their kids.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Another point: Hope IRS or your Bank does not get a hold of this to block your phone when the payment is due and not let you use it until you call them to make your payment... You know what I mean?

36. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Or phone companies blocking your shiny, new phone that was obtained off-contract but the full price hasn't been paid yet? You know, like in those off-contract plans that let you pay off part of the phone's retail price monthly. You'd need to take it to your carrier's office to have it unlocked - the lock of shame! :D

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

kids these days...

15. RandomAshole

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

You mean, "Parents these days..." ?

26. zhiae unregistered

lol they dint let me say lol again lol

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Does this require the app on both phones Parent and Kids? if so, wouldn't it be easy to just delete the app and now your parent cannot use the privilege? If this works whithout the need for an app on Kid's phone then it'll be harder. But how about putting the phone on airplane mode (knowing your mom gonna block your phone) you can still play games, take photos, and other things that do not require data? Or turning off just data or just cellular (depending how the block signal is sent) and be able to use wifi, or data apps to text and call... Just curious. There wasn't much detail about kids ability to bypass this...

4. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Permissions, hiding apps, locking apps from deletion, etc.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanx vex. But i already found that out from my android buddy. This app is legit.

37. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

:) No prob

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