Frustrated US mother creates app to lock kid's smartphone

Frustrated US mother creates app to lock kid's smartphone

NEW YORK - A frustrated mother in the United States has created an Android app that allows parents to lock their kid's smartphone from afar if they ignore mum's phone calls.

Sharon Standifird, of Houston, Texas, who served in the Gulf war, worked with developers to create the app after her son repeatedly ignored her phone calls and text messages, reports in the US media said.

"I literally just started researching how to develop an app," she told CBS news.

And eventually launched Ignore No More.

Once it is uploaded, it allows the parent to deactivate the phone and gives the child only two options - either to call back or call for an emergency responder.

The parent sets a password that can unlock the phone, which encourages their child to call back quickly so that they can access their smartphone's other functions and applications, the Independent reported.

Standifird's got some favourable reviews.

"My son hates it and I love it," Liane Parker wrote in her review of the app on the Google play store, according to the Independent.

But teens are dismayed, including her son, Bradley, who was quoted as saying: "I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me."

This article was first published on August 18, 2014.
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