What is the point of paying for your child’s monthly smartphone bills, if you can never reach them when you need to? Odds are, most parents have asked themselves that question at least once or twice. Your child is constantly staring at that little two by four-inch screen when he or she is home, so nothing should possibly be keeping them from replying to your text or call. Right?
Here’s how it works: Installing this app on your child’s phone will change their settings for certain messages. When you send an urgent text through the app, it will trigger an alarm on your child’s phone that won’t shut off until he or she opens the message. You’ll also receive a notification when your child reads your text, which means no more excuses for coming home past curfew.
For full disclosure, this app could get obnoxious (and even dangerous!) fast—especially if your child is driving or in class. Plus, using it constantly could signal a deeper communication problem in your relationship than simply ignoring a text message. To spend more quality time with your teen, try any of these activities they’ll actually love.
But for Nick Herbert, the UK dad who made the app for his 13-year-old son, this feature could improve their relationship rather than harm it.
“I’m hoping the app will make our relationship better,” Herbert told the Sun. “It will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message.”
At the moment, Herbert’s app only works on Android phones. According to the Sun, it costs around $1.50 to connect with one phone number, $3.00 to track four people, $9.00 for 10 people, and $17.00 for 20.
Parents, a few dollars might be worth it for your own peace of mind.