Just because parents are a lot older than us and are probably not as tech savvy, do not underestimate what they can do. A mum, Sharon Standifird, was so frustrated that her teenage children were ignoring her calls that she developed an Android app to make sure they never do so ever again.
Called “Ignore No More”, the app allows parents to put their children’s phone on total lockdown, forcing them to call to ask for a password. Think that all the teenager’s got to do is to uninstall the app and they’ll be free to ignore calls again? According to the app’s description, Ignore No More cannot be disabled and is virtually impossible to be removed by your child. Once they try to do so, their device will automatically be locked and an email will be sent to the parent.
How it works is, when you need to contact your children desperately, simply lock their phones remotely using a parent account – one account controls multiple “child” devices and you can have multiple “parent” devices. Once locked, the kids will not be able to do anything with their phone except to call the numbers parents preloaded into the app. Parents are required to key in a password of 4 characters or more and if the parent forgets the password, just click on “forgot your username/password” and Ignore No More will send them an email.
The app is not cheap though, it costs USD$1.99 per phone, that converts to about RM6.28 each. The reviews so far on the Play Store doesn’t look promising but once the developers fix the flaws, will you buy it and use it on your teenagers? I’m pretty sure my parents would, if they had such tool when they bought me my first phone.