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Mom Creates “Ignore No More” App to Make Kids Call Parents Back

A mother who was tired of her son ignoring her calls has created an application which will be every child’s worst nightmare – an app which forces the kid to contact their parent for access to their device.

The app is called Ignore No More, which allows parents to lock their children’s devices remotely, then unlock once their demands have been met. To put it simply, the parent can place the phone hostage until the kid contacts the parent. 

One parent device can manage multiple kids’ phones, but from what it says in the app description, it costs $1.99 to control each phone. If you have multiple children, who own smartphones, it could be a costly service.

The app costs $1.99, and will be the perfect tool for any parent who wants to take control back from their kids.

Go check it out.

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Via: CBS New York
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  • Dragon707

    Well, you can still uninstall this application when you parents installed this application on your device, see : http://www.blocknomoreapp.com/

  • YoMama

    So what is to stop an abusive controlling spouse/partner from doing this? Not my favorite way to “control” your children. And does it allow for emergency calls?

  • Howard Treesong

    I can’t see this becoming a bone of contention in the family at all. No sir.

  • Lunas Eclipse

    What happens when the kid freezes the apk or just plain uninstalls it.

  • Kevin Liebler

    DISABLE THE AUTOPLAY!

  • Josh

    Waste-o-money Tim-o-tato

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    really? Auto-play youtube videos? What is this, CNN?

  • Carlyle C. Wilson

    Umm..there is a reason your son is ignoring your calls, probably because you are annoying him at almost every turn. If he is old enough and has a job, he can buy his own phone but apparently this isn’t the case. Mom needs to back off and let boy breathe. I don’t like this at all.

  • Dave Hernandez

    Why is this damn video autoplaying?

  • StankyChikin

    Does android device manager survive a factory reset or image flash?

  • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

    Ignoring all the parenting comments, why not just use Android Device Manager? It’s already built into plenty of devices now and can get the location of the device, and the latest version lets you set a message with a callback number, so when the phone is unlocked, it shows a green phone icon that when pressed initiates a call to the set number.

  • Daistaar

    You can already do this in Android Device Manager. Lock it and put a call back number on the screen.

  • RaptorOO7

    So why would someone put this app on their phone, they wouldn’t. Even if Mom does do it, then your dumb for not putting a pass code on your phone plus all you have to do is hard reset and NOT automatically restore any apps and manually pick them one by one.

  • VikP

    is there a similar app that would pause the video on my nephews tablet after 60 seconds of playback, and only unpause with a button on my phone?

  • tdurden64111

    ITT: Parenting advice from people without kids.

  • droidrazredge

    Oh boy this would be disastrous if my mother-in-law found out about this app….. to bad she has an iPhone!

  • coolsilver

    Battery pulled anyway.

  • NYAvsFan

    As someone who is not a child I find the concept of this kind of hilarious.

  • Alex L. Osorio

    Does anybody hear of ANDROID DEVICE MANAGER!!!!!!!!
    HELLLOOOOO LADY!!!!

  • Chris Hughes

    If my kid ignored me (on the phone I pay for) and didn’t return my call immediately with a valid reason. Then they wouldn’t have a phone anymore.

    News:
    Dad invents new way to keep kids from being entitled brats. Story at 11.

  • Scott Smith

    This comment thread is all kinds of fantastic.

  • Tyler

    Or, you know, you could actually be a parent instead of parenting by proxy.

  • Leer

    Trying to use Maps to navigate home? Nope, better pull over because mom wants to talk.

    • sirmeili

      I guess you should have answered the phone the first 5 times she called you. I don’t see this as being a first time thing. Also, if you have to pull over to answer the phone for your mom, why is that such a big deal?

      • Leer

        Because answering the phone while driving is not only extremely dangerous but also illegal. Also did you know that there was a study done recently that showed that parents were the one of the biggest source of distraction to teenage drivers?
        Also here’s a fun fact:
        “Pulling over to the side of the road to make or receive a phone call can have fatal consequences and can put drivers at greater risk of an accident than legally using their phone hands-free.”

        • sirmeili

          So, unless they are on a country road (where traffic would be lower) or an interstate, they could easily pull into a parking lot. Also note that I said “I guess you should have answered the phone the first 5 times she called you”. So, if you couldn’t “legally” answer your phone with hands-free technology before she had to resort to this or even find a SAFE place to pull over and call her back, then it’s on you big boy. Get over yourself. By time any reasonable parent would use this technology, you should have had ample time to either answer the phone legally or found a safe place to pull over and call back/answer.

          Sorry, your logic fails to me. I’m not asking my Teen to pull over on the side of the interstate. I’m asking them to answer their phone without me having to resort to using this app, and if I have to and it means your GPS doesn’t work, I think you’ll be fine until you can pull over SAFELY!

          • Leer

            >”So, unless they are on a country road (where traffic would be lower) or an interstate, they could easily pull into a parking lot.”
            Well seeing as 90% of the time people use the navigation is on the interstate or back roads your logic kinda fails.

            >”I guess you should have answered the phone the first 5 times she called you”
            “Because answering the phone while driving is not only extremely dangerous but also illegal.”

            >So, if you couldn’t “legally” answer your phone with hands-free technology before she had to resort to this or even find a SAFE place to pull over and call her back,…”
            Not everyone has a blue-tooth headset or something along that line, and there may not be a “SAFE” place to pull over nearby.

            >”then it’s on you big boy. Get over yourself. …”
            Name calling, nice.

            >”By time any reasonable parent would use this technology, you should have had ample time to either answer the phone legally or found a safe place to pull over and call back/answer.”
            Comes back to not every parent would give enough time before completely crippling their kids only method of navigation.

            >”Sorry, your logic fails to me. I’m not asking my Teen to pull over on the side of the interstate. …”
            No, but you are asking them to blindly drive around until they find a place to call you because you can’t wait.

          • sirmeili

            I still don’t get your logic. If my child is driving and I expect them to answer while driving, I would provide them with LEGAL means to answer the phone.

            Also, I think that kids, in an area they likely know well, can go without GPS if they needed to. If anything, they could get off the next exit or stop at the next gas station and call back. I don’t see how disabling the GPS in this case is some horrible atrocity that will be the end all of the child’s life!

          • rce

            If you need navigation at every point of your life, maybe you should invest in an actual navigation device for your vehicle. Cause I’m sure that imputing the address while driving is so much safer. But on the same side of the coin, where the hell are you going that requires a navigation apparently everytime you drive, or are you just so stupid that you can’t find your way home from McDonald’s when you get off work.

    • StankyChikin

      Call mom and your maps magically start to work again… WOW What a concept :)

  • joseph barrientos

    or here’s an idea, raise your kids to actually respect you. It’s kinda sad when the article has to say “take control back from your kids”, this app should be a wake up call to parents, not a solution for crappy parenting.

    • mcdonsco

      All kids rebel from time to time regardless of how good the parents are at being good parents. That’s where this comes in.

      Of course you dont go to this immediately, but again, EVERY KID goes through rebelous stages, that’s when this would come in handy.

      • joseph barrientos

        no, thats when you take the phone away or replace it with a Razor v3. Children think they’re entitled to cell phones, however its not their name on the bill. So if my children want to use MY phone that I pay for, they’ll have to follow my rules. Otherwise enjoy your jitterbug! :D

        • mcdonsco

          :-)

      • Ben Edwards

        Every kid does not go through rebellious stages, cut the generalizations. Besides, if a kid is going through a “rebellious stage” what on Earth makes you think this app is suddenly going to change their attitude? Locking their phone will just cause them to act out even further…

        • mcdonsco

          Wow…you’re piece of work.

        • mcdonsco

          Wow, you’re a piece of work.

          • Ben Edwards

            Strong response.

          • mcdonsco

            Well, you’re obviously a jack off, so I don’t care to waste time on you (and now you have the explanation as to why you won’t get further responses from me; happy?).

          • Ben Edwards

            I’m a “jack off” because I called you out on saying something stupid? Alright champ, you might want to steer clear of the internet until your delicate sensibilities can handle a bit of criticism every now and then.

  • Akashshr

    Think this is the silliest app to get so much media, even more than yo!
    Making your phone go blank and unusable is total horsesh*t, doesnt matter whos calling!
    Also knowing todays generation, children will find an alternative one way or another!

    • sirmeili

      It’s not unusable. It’s unusable until you answer the call from your parents. You don’t want it to go blank and “unusable”? Then answer the damn phone from your parents.

  • MacNificent

    Comment section went way far out this time…

  • Luxferro

    Can’t you already do this with Android Device Management, and the other similar apps like Cerebus? Just pin-lock the device remotely.

    edit: I guess you’d have to remotely unlock it after a bit so they can call back lol

    • DanSan

      that app just makes me so mad.. have it on my phone and also on my galaxy note 2014 10.1,

      i set up my girlfriend her own user account on the tablet so she doesnt mess with my stuff and puts weird things all over my home screens. if the tablet isn’t logged into my account the device manager is completely useless. it cannot find it at all and when I switch back to my account boom it magically finds its. i was curious and tested the lock feature with her account logged in, didnt work either. so basically i need to make sure everytime shes finished with the tablet that it gets left logged into my account.

    • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

      Actually with the latest version of ADM you can set up a message with a callback number. If you try it on your device, when it unlocks, it shows a black screen with a green phone icon that, when pressed, automatically calls the set phone number. After seeing this article earlier today I tried that and it makes the whole app kind of useless.

  • Jeremy Martin

    Well that sucks…doesnt work with the Motorola phones. At least not with the Moto X or Droid Razr on Verizon.

  • mizkitty

    $2 is costly?
    Is it $2 a day?

  • Tony Byatt

    Another way to have your kids hate you even more…

    If it comes to this then there were many problems that preceded it…

    • DanSan

      agreed. back in the day when I was a lot younger my uncle put netnanny on his kids computers. We didnt see them often as they lived like 3 states away but it annoyed the hell out of us. everything was blocked, computer needed a special password to log in and their kids hated it. my parents trusted us enough and we proved we could be trusted so we never had any significant computer restrictions. I mean we couldnt be on it all day and night but for the most part we were free. Now when they came to our house to visit, we couldn’t get them off our computers. We would go outside and play or do something else and they’d want nothing to do with it, just play on the computer. They were on it all day and night, and i’m not joking. Would wake up to one of my cousins playing counter-strike or something at like 4am. worst idea was giving him the password to my computer, i would have to get my parents or his parents to get him off it.

      moral of the story, the tighter the leash, the further they run.

      • mcdonsco

        And I’m sure you NEVER did anything on it that you shouldnt have done and/or were otherwise NEVER rebelous…just saying, trust only goes so far with a developing minds ability to reason and make good decisions.

        Not advocating the full time “lock down” of devices (computers for instance as you mention), but sometimes a tool to get that job done from time to time is useful; all kids rebel, and all kids make stupid decisions from time to time.

        Even the most well behaved kids with a high amount of respect for their “great parents” will every now and then say to themselves “f@$! them!”…may last days, or weeks, but IT WILL happen…nothing wrong with a tool to help out when it does.

  • Dave

    This feature will already be baked into Touchwiz…..even though I’m sure Apple applied for a patent on it 38 years ago.

  • abhele

    boot into safemode making 3rd party apps disabled. delete app . freedom!!

    • sirmeili

      Cancel phone service and ground forever…freedom revoked!

      • TJWaterskier

        And a child that hates you is born!

        • sirmeili

          I am NOT here to be my child’s friend. I am NOT here for them to like me. I am here to make sure they learn how to be productive parts of society. If I give them a phone, and the rules to go along with it, and they break those rules, you bet your ass there will be consequences and I couldn’t really give a care less if they like or hate me for it.

          It goes like this: Childhood is not meant to be full of candy canes and lollipops. It can be, but the child has to understand there are rules to follow and as long as they are followed, life will be more fun and a hell of a lot easier on them in the long run. Start to just break rules and all that fun stuff will just start to go away. As you said further down, I hope that I’ve instilled the right morals and ethics in my child so that they understand this, but in case they don’t (or because some outside factor has influenced them), I will be there to push them in the right direction. I won’t care if they like me for it or not because when they are adults, they will look back and thank me for it.

          • Wilsonian

            Stands up. Begins slow, dramatic clap.

          • Guest

            Watch out, we’ve got a dadass over here!

          • sirmeili

            I see what you did there :P and yes, if I have to be a dadass, I will be :) I just hope that the majority of the time I don’t have to be that way. It’s ultimately up to the kids and I do let them know that they have a choice to be good and have more fun.

          • Ihavenewnike

            No offence. This is the cliche thing to say. Even though i agree to a point if you do your child wrong so much it will push them away and make them rebel.

          • sirmeili

            If my child is not already rebelling and doing the things they SHOULD be doing, then they are living the life of “candy canes and lollipops”. So there is no reason to rebel. It is only when they rebel or do things they SHOULDN’T be doing that you have to get on their ass about it.

          • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

            Giving them all the freedom they want, makes them rebel as well. I should know… Kids need to rebel

          • Chris Hughes

            This 1000x.

          • Robert Boluyt

            Finally, some one who gets it. A smartphone for a child is a privilege, not a right.

          • tdurden64111

            Literally everybody gets that. “I get it” – everybody

          • tdurden64111

            Look out! We gotta #StrongMotherAndOrFather here!

          • Edgar Allan Bro

            If your only goal is to make your children ‘productive members of society’, you are a failure of a parent.

            Now go count some widgets like a good little Jobsworth.

          • sirmeili

            So what your saying is that my role as a parent is to make them unproductive members of society? Someone who lives off of welfare or social security their whole lives? There are plenty of ways to be a productive member of society. It could be just doing your 40 hours at mcDonalds, running a multi billion dollar company, being an actor, professional athlete, military, cop, artist, musician, president, and the list goes on and on. What I don’t want is my kid to either be a lifetime welfare recipient, homeless, or locked up in prison because they just weren’t taught right from wrong.

            The very fact that you call into question my goals as a parent tells me that you either do not have kids of your own, or you are perhaps one of those people that think your kids are so special that societal rules just don’t apply to them. I’m leaning towards the latter. I mean, maybe if you had elaborated on why you think that making my children productive parts of society is such a bad thing we could have an educated discussion on it. You imply (or at I least I am inferring from your statement) that you think I’m producing cookie cutter children and that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being who you are (unique) and being a productive part of society.

          • MicroNix

            Well said. You can tell who all the kiddies are here by the negative replies.

          • michael arazan

            Wait, wait, wait…….Children don’t control the parents?…………….Mind Blown

          • sirmeili

            Unfortunately, I’ve seen it where the children to appear to control the parents.

          • Merlith Gero

            “im not here for them to like me”. you are completely wrong! a parents and especially a mothers care and love, is one of the most important factors in teaching empathy. i grew up knowing alot of “antisocial children”, where the harder you punish them, the worse they get. no child is the same, no situation is the same. and you should definently care about their relation to you, because they are just as likely to look back and thank you for it, as they are to just see you as a controling parent-nazi

  • mcdonsco

    That’s awesome, love it.

  • Keith

    Costly service? Even if you’re the friggen Duggars, it would only be what? $40 one time? Having seen the way one of my nieces acts with conveniently not having cell service and ignoring curfew and subsequent attempts by my sister to contact her, I applaud an app like this.

    • Big EZ

      Your average family only has 2-3 kids. I don’t think it’s that bad if it works right.

    • Michael

      As a Dad of multiple children… you simply have a family account. We all have a private primary account plus the family account on our phones/ tablets. Hopefully Google will catch up with Netflix/Vudu etc to allow you to share your content with your children based on profiles, but they have allowed a workaround so I do not have to buy 2 versions of every game/app for them.

    • MrC1122

      Duggers…lmao!

  • Green

    I love this Mom!

  • tiev

    And how hard would it be to uninstall? I certainly knew how to do at least that much as a kid.

    • Andre

      I”m gonna give this mom the benefit of the doubt that she figured out how to prevent this

  • Jim

    Touché parents touch

  • TJWaterskier

    If this takes off.. then rooting will become a de-facto need-to-have for every kid in Highschool. Most kids don’t care to ROM etc. but I can totally see it becoming popular to prevent mom from doing this to your phone.

    • mcdonsco

      If my kid rom’d their phone, successful or not, that would be the last time the kid used the phone…period.

      It’s one thing for me, the person paying for the device and an adult to do, its quite another for my kid to do.

      • TJWaterskier

        Good luck with your kid then. I would encourage my kid to learn through trial and error any way they can. They break it they bought it.

        • sirmeili

          I pay for their phone so I can contact them. If they can’t answer the phone when I call, or they intentionally break it, they will no longer get a phone. That means if they want to go out with their friends and I would prefer a way to contact them, they can’t go (not that this would always be the case).

          I’m not saying I call my kids all the time, but when I do, you answer your damn phone, and you answer it now, or you can just stay your ass home unless you’re going to school.

          • TJWaterskier

            I completely agree. They NEED to answer when you contact them. But I’d prefer just having my kids respect me enough to answer when I contact them as opposed to using the “take the toy away” method. You can’t just tell a kid “no”.. they won’t learn. You tell them “No” and “Why not”, then they actually learn something about the world other than “this person has control over me.”

          • sirmeili

            I agree with that, but peer pressure is a strong factor. Even a good kid will sometimes make bad choices. However, if they keep making bad choices I’m not going to continue to let them have the phone because I expect them to respect me. The phone is a privilege, not a right. If I give them a phone and they can’t respect and handle it properly, they WILL lose it until I feel they are ready to try again.

          • mcdonsco

            And give them a “feature phone” In the meantime so you can still contact them as needed (which in turn would be a deterent from making dumb decisions too as the kid would be embarrassed to whip out their flip phone around their friends).

          • sirmeili

            I really wish more companies would release a phone that can only accept calls and can only make calls to a very specific list of numbers (emergency, mom, dad, etc).

          • Raven

            My 7 year old has had her own Android tablet since she was 5 and I will probably buy her a newer one for Christmas as she has learned to use it very responsibly. She may get a feature phone in a couple of years so we can call her. But, she won’t get a smart phone until she gets a part-time job to pay for the data herself if she wants one bad enough.

          • DanSan

            I didn’t get a cell phone until I was 17, a senior in high school. all my friends had them for a year or two before me which totally sucked back then. my dads company at that time used nextel so he got myself and my mom both nextels. it was also the crappy i710 which had no front screen. I had to save up and buy myself the upgraded version which had a front screen and also had to pay for the texting plan back then (after he saw the first bill and the texts cost). i couldnt avoid his chirps, those things were so annoying u had to answer lol.

            fast forward to now, he is still on his companys plan but my plan consists of myself, my mom and brother. brother sends me money every month for his share because I live out of state. I cover my share and also my moms share.

          • mcdonsco

            I’ve always had mixed feelings on stuff like this due to my own childhood. I WAS ALWAYS the kid that didn’t have ANY of the cool/fun stuff…never…and it sucked being “that kid”.

            While I do understand and agree with your child paying (or allowance/chores) their own way to stuff like this, I also don’t want my kid to be “that kid” either.

          • mcdonsco

            Been there, done that and disagree completely. Sometimes the answer is just no…period and no reason needs to be given other than I said no.

            Now, with that said, I would always prefer to give my kid an explanation, but once you get it in the kids head that YOU AS THEIR PARENT HAS TO give them a reason to say no, YOU just lost control of YOUR kid…again, been down that road already.

            My ex-wife pulled that shlt with her daughter, my step daughter that we raised from about 5 years old to now 16…while a nice idea in theory, its not practical 100% of the time, probably about 60%+ though.

          • TJWaterskier

            Every kid is different. No one parenting style applies to every kid in every situation nor should it :)

          • mcdonsco

            True…

          • Ihavenewnike

            Actually it is scientifically proven that when a parent disciplines them with an explantion, they learn and accept it more. But dont be Super Nanny nice either.

          • sirmeili

            Yes, but sometimes No means No an there is no explanation needed. They just need to accept that. For instance with younger children you tend to get “but why” even though you’ve given more than one reason. So it just simply becomes “Because I said so and that is that. You do it again, you get punished” (whatever that punishment may be, timeout, go to your room, etc.)

          • Ihavenewnike

            Ok. This is what I meant. Explanation for the punishment. When I was young and would get wooped, my parent made sure I knew why I was getting wooped, well explained to me while I was receiving the woopen. But one NO is enough.

          • sirmeili

            Definitely. I would never punish a child without letting them know why. Even if it’s just “I told you not to do X. and you still did X, so for that you get [punishment]“. The punishment could be anything from timeout to losing electronics for the day (we rarely take away “playing outside” because most kids these days treat that as a punishment anyways….LOL).

            We have spanked before, but it’s rare. She isn’t as big as an advocate for spanking as I am…LOL. I remember getting one good whooping when I was a kid. That was all it took: My Grandfather’s leather belt. He said “clean your room before I get there, you have 30 minutes” and well, we didn’t. That was the last time I ever ignored him….LOL

          • mcdonsco

            I agree this is the best way however I will not, and never have, made it the only way. I will, and do, mostly explain the situation, but sometimes the situation isn’t an appropriate place/setting etc for the explanation and I just need my kid to listen.

            I do NOT believe in putting your kid in charge of you and that is EXACTLY what you are doing when you literally train your kid that you, the adult, are required to always explain yourself.

          • Edgar Allan Bro

            Inventing and enforcing arbitrary rules and refusing to engage in logic or discussion is definitely a way to get your children to respect you and your intelligence.

            Good luck with that.

          • mcdonsco

            When, how or where did I ever even insinuate that? Or did that just come completely from your own inagination?

          • Edgar Allan Bro

            Sometimes the answer is just no…period and no reason needs to be given other than I said no.

            You are as bad at comprehension as you are at parenting, spelling and apparently life.

          • mcdonsco

            I’m sure you really do feel as though you know everything and know better than everyone else…good for you. Now how about you go drown yourself please? Thanks…bu bye.

            (Act like an ahold and i’ll treat you like one every day of the week).

        • mcdonsco

          I would as well (never said I wouldn’t) but with this type of thing (which I think is genius), the penalties for disabling it would be harsh.

          Additionally while I would certainly encourage learning/tinkering etc, the ONLY reason I would get my kid a phone is so I can contact them…anything they do that disrupts that ability again, would be responded to harshly.

          And here’s the thing, again, all for my kid learning about tech as much as possible and would probably have older/different devices (tablet etc) around that they can experiment with, but IMO if you as a parent let them potentially disable a device that’s intended use is to be able to locate your kid, you’re not a very responsible parent (IMO).

          • TJWaterskier

            I ABSOLUTELY want them to be able to disable a device that’s intended use is to be able to locate and contact them. The catch-22 is that I want them to choose to respond to me and not force them to. I’m hoping by the time they are in high-school I will have instilled that amount of respect/morality/etc. in them. Who knows! haha

          • mcdonsco

            In my experience raising what is now a VERY smart and mature “right thinking” 16 year old girl, no amount of respect and good relationship / parenting will eliminate a tween/teen’s inclination to rebel from time to time…its natural for them to do and if you dont set firm boundaries, you’ll lose control (and their respect for you as their parent(s)).

            Trusting them is one thing, trusting them to ALWAYS make the “right” decision is something completely different.

          • TJWaterskier

            I agree with that as well.. but I hardly see this as necessary except for the most rebellious of teenagers. I don’t need something as drastic as a killswitch. They ignore me, they’ll get punished. I can already trace a phones location through Android device manager, they disable that? They’ll get punished.

          • mcdonsco

            But again, even the most kick ass well mannered/behaved kids WILL rebel from time to time; that’s where this comes in handy (IMO). Would I feel the need to always have it on their phone? No. But not if, WHEN, they get into rebelous behavior, be it for a few days or a few weeks, this app would come in very handy. Also, if we’re traveling, a week at Disney world or something, you can bet I would use this then.

            Its a matter of situations, periods in their growth etc where if they do ignore you, there’s nothing you can do about it and it could cause massive problems that this can be used.

            Any who, I’ll shut up now.

          • TJWaterskier

            I guess I’m just prepared for the fact that they will rebel a little. I know I did, but I turned out alright [for the most part haha]

          • DanSan

            like the time I pretty much set a bush in front of my house on fire because I was dumbass. (and we all went through that phase)

            Got my back porch painted pretty red for that, never played around with fire ever again after that lol.

      • coolsilver

        Jitterbug ^__^

      • Alex Farra

        You’re kidding me right? What would give and adult anymore right to rom a phone than a kid? That’s some fucked up logic. It’s their phone and if they want to root or jailbreak or rom it they should be able to. If they break it they dont have a phone and the fault is on them.

        • mcdonsco

          Apparently, you’re the kid in the equation here…got it.

          • Alex Farra

            Yeah I am. And you’re a jackass adult that thinks because you’re older you’re more entitled to things and smarter. Hate to break it to you age doesn’t determine maturity. Thank god I have normal parents that wouldn’t dream of controlling my life like this.

          • mcdonsco

            The term has never been so fitting: Grow up.

    • MicroNix

      Then they get the phone taken away and the account cancelled. No parent “owes” their kid a cell phone. Period.

      • TJWaterskier

        My kids will pay for their phone anyways just like I did with my GIANT Motorola brick :)

  • Jason Purp

    There are so many ways to work around an app like this, so long as the kid has half a brain. There’s no way to properly lock down a phone with just an app.

    However, whether it’s easily outsmarted or not, any parent who uses this is likely just the typical overprotective & annoying jackass of a mother.

    • Wilsonian

      You obviously don’t have children.

    • Havoktek

      Kids today don’t have a clue..except if they know the someone who knows the nerds that know this stuff, and then you know they don’t associate with them so that a moot point lost in frustration for them. If this gets popular…they’ll have a token dude or girl to get around this and then share with all the other youngins’….but at the start……we (parents) have something good here. Hell just the threat of putting it on the phone alone will straighten some of those kids up!

      • Jason Purp

        Or it’ll have a negative effect on the kid and make them resent you for it, which can lead to problems that otherwise would have been avoidable.

        • sirmeili

          What teenager does NOT resent their parent at times? You know how many adults I know that completely and utterly HATED their parents growing up but now look back and say “You know what, you were right and THANK YOU!”

          Also, I believe that this is more of a “last resort” kind of technology. Like “We’ve tried this 3 times before, this time before you get a phone, you have to agree to this app. If you don’t, then no phone”/

    • mcdonsco

      I’d have to agree with Havoktek below…most kids I come across these days couldn’t even tell you what version os is running on their phone let alone know how to disable an app like this.

      My future kids will hopefully not be in that group, but only if they have an interest in it (hope they will) as I’m not going to force it on them, but will certainly encourage it (as I did with my now close to college age step daughter, but she didn’t have an interest in “tech” other than using it and her dad, also a tech geek, tried too…she just wasn’t interested and that’s OK).

  • jb

    You know what this doesn’t do? Stop the kid from chucking the phone across the room and shattering it. Spoiled kids these days would likely get another one shortly thereafter.

    • Bryan Mills

      Most of them are on track to receive AIDs and have a baby by graduation, so it’s okay if they get their phone replaced.

      • mcdonsco

        Kids these days in general, some, sure…but your kids? If so, it likely has more to do with you than them.

        (And yes, I realize you were likely being sarcastic, but the sad truth is there are a ton of parents out there that dont give a rats but about their kids futures, its sad).

        • jb

          ummm… you do realize probably no one here is talking about THEIR kids. We’re all being old codgers reminiscing about the good ol’ days when kids respected their parents. You know, the same thing OUR parents said about our generation.

          • mcdonsco

            Slow day for me maybe, but not seeing your point?

          • jb

            Well… you seem to be making personal attacks when the rest of us are just joking around. IOW… relax…

          • mcdonsco

            What personal attack?

    • mcdonsco

      And that’s a reason to not spoil YOUR kids.

      • jb

        I’d revive a quote from my mom if my kid even thought about that… “you do that and you’ll wake up in next week!”

    • sirmeili

      My kids did that, it would be a cold day in hell before they saw sunlight again (granted, they would go to school). You don’t ask for and get a phone (a privilege in this case, not a “right”) then break it. And if I want to put an app like this or a tracking app on your phone, then you just deal with it..

      Also, you can’t keep your phone charged, then you just don’t need to go out when I feel I need to be able to contact you.

  • imnotmikal

    I read about this this weekend. What’s stopping the kid from uninstalling the app?

    • subiedude85

      My guess would be that it runs like an accessibility app and uses a password to open and won’t let you uninstall the app until it is password disabled

      • tiev

        back in the windows 95 days, my parents would password lock the computer to limit access. I formatted and reinstalled windows. In short, passwords are only good as long as the system is intact :)

        • mcdonsco

          And thus you let your kid know, if anything changes with the phone resulting in this app not functioning; you lose the phone, period, end of story, no if’s, and’s or but’s, its gone for good.

        • Finire

          Of course, if you’re talking about the Windows 95 days, hitting cancel instead of trying to put in a password just bypassed the screen and let you in on the regular account. So… no need to format it.

          • tiev

            That does sound familiar.. I wonder if it was 98 or XP then… I did do quite a bit of formatting and reinstalling windows as a kid and went through win 3.1/95/98/2000/me/xp. good old days when we have full control of our devices :)

      • Guest

        That or parents would just need to check the phone regularly to see if the app is installed and not tampered with. Which parent’s should be checking their child’s phone anyways if they are young enough to need this app installed.

  • Bryan Mills

    Great. She better be calling to let me know dinner is ready. The basement needs AC too.

    • Suicide_Note

      A redesigned half-bath would be great, too.

    • Thomas

      When your mom calls…I always answer ;)

      • Bryan Mills

        Don’t you mean “Dad”?

        • Thomas

          Him too ;)

          • DanSan

            awkward.

    • hardee

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…