All parties can send alarms back and forth to each other, which means that sending an embarrassing alarm to your kid could open you up to the retaliation of receiving one back.
Over the top? Maybe a little. You're texting that person you've been dating, the conversation is flowing and then BAM...they ghost you.
Kids won't be able to access other functions on the phone until acknowledging their parents' text, by pressing a button on the takeover page, notifying parents that "they have definitely seen your message", Herbert said.More news: Notre Dame unranked in updated preseason Associated Press top 25 poll
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What's more, the sender will receive a push notification from the app to confirm their message has been read, and ReplyASAP will also show them whether it's been snoozed, delivered, or is still pending (perhaps due to a poor internet connection). The app will play the alarm even if the phone is set to silent.
ReplyASAP also has "grown up" uses, Herbert says, like a last-second drink order change as a friend walks to the bar, extra help in finding a misplaced phone and relaying messages in crucial work situations.
Now available to Android users, parents can download the app for free, then connect with their child once it's downloaded on the child's phone. "There is a mutual understanding that using ReplyASAP is only for important things", he writes on the app's website, "and not because [Ben] needs new batteries for his Xbox controller". The ReplyASAP message will also appear over whatever is now on the screen.
ReplyASAP was recently launched on Android devices in the United States by inventor Nick Herbert, himself the father of a teenage son. "There are messaging apps that tell you when a message is delivered and seen, but the point is the message can be ignored or not seen because he didn't hear it".