App shuts down phone until a parent is contacted for a password. (Photo source: KTRK)
(Photo source: KTRK)
Frustrated by lack of response from her teenagers, mom creates an app that guarantees a response. (Photo source: KTRK)
HOUSTON (KTRK) - A Texas mom created an app that shut downs the phone until the teen communicates with his/her parents. The mother was livid the day she called and texted her teenage children and they didn't respond. Once she knew they were safe, but ignoring her calls, she got the idea for the app.
"We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can't even use it," said Sharon Standifird, creator of the 'Ignore No More' app. "I started started researching how to develop an app."
Her husband William says he wasn't surprised.
"Anything she's ever really set her mind to, she's done," said Standifird's husband.
After serving in the Gulf War, patrolling as military police and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, becoming an app developer was just one more challenge for this mom on a mission.
After months of design and working with developers, 'Ignore No More' was born.
Standifird says, "As a parent, all I have to do is touch the app, tap his name. To lock Bradley's device, enter at least a four-digit unlock code. Now I'm going to press 'lock Bradley's phone.' If you watch Bradley's phone, it's going to go blank. Bradley needs to call me because I'm the person that has the unlock password."
With one tap, a list of only parent-selected contacts comes up. The child can call, get the password and unlock the phone.
"It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. The child will always be able to call 911," Standifird says.
So, how does her son feel about the idea?
"Well I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me," said Standifird's son.
"I do have to say that he responds to my texts and my calls a whole lot quicker than he used to," Standifird says.
The 'Ignore No More' app is only available for Android phones on the Google Play store for $1.99.