Mom Creates App So Kids Can’t Ignore Parents’ Calls

Are you frustrated with your kids’ cell phone use?

Do they ignore your calls and refuse to pick up, or not respond when you text?

Think there’s nothing you can do? Think again.

Gulf War veteran Sharon Standifird ran into this same problem with her kids, but rather than just getting frustrated or furious, she did something rather ingenious: She invented the Ignore No More app, which forced her son to call her back if he wanted to use his phone again. Here’s how it’s described on the company website:

Ignore No More is an easy to install app that gives you control over your children’s phones. If your children ignore your repeated calls and text messages to reach them, you simply lock their phones until they call you back.

ignoreno_articleIf you lock your child’s phone, it won’t stop them from making emergency responder calls, so they’re not placed in danger. You can also set it so that the child can call certain pre-approved numbers. But if they want to text, play games, access their address book, or call anyone you haven’t approved, they first have to call back mom or dad to get the unlock code. Until they do, that phone is just a really pretty (and sometimes pricey) paperweight.

Right now the Ignore No More app is only available through Android phones (it’s going for $1.99), and they are working on an iPhone edition. While it doesn’t give the kind of access as a program like TeenSafe — which lets parents read new and deleted texts, call logs, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp activity — it does do a good job of letting your kid know who’s in charge.

[Editor’s Note: TeenSafe is an advertiser on First to Know.]