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Genius dad creates app that stops teen son’s phone from working until he stops ignoring him and replies to texts

A FRUSTRATED dad has invented a mobile app to stop his son’s smartphone from working because the youngster kept ignoring his texts.

Nick Herbert, 45, decided enough was enough after never hearing back from Ben, 13, because the lad was forever playing games on his smartphone.

He spent eight months creating the ReplyASAP app which is designed to take over Ben’s phone until he responds.

An alarm sounds and the screen is blocked with a message so Ben will not be able to use his mobile until he replies.

Nick gets a notification if Ben has seen the message.

If the phone is turned off, a message pending sign shows on Nick’s phone.

Tech whiz Nick, 45, of West Wickham, Kent, said: “I’m hoping the app will make our relationship better.

“It will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message.”

He admitted some children might not want the app but Ben thinks it is a good idea.

Nick added: “As teenagers I realise they aren’t going to be massively keen but my son hasn’t really said anything negative.

"It is all about him understanding why it’s there.

“Will it be the bane of his life? Maybe, but I’m not going to be using it all the time to speak to him.

“It is supposed to be a failsafe.”

However, Nick has one problem to overcome.

His app only works with Android mobiles.

His son has an iPhone so Nick needs to fine tune his Apple version.

The app costs 99p to track one person, £2.49 to track four people, £6.99 for ten people and £12.99 to connect with 20 numbers.

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