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Southern Living Reply ASAP Smartphone App
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Parents of teens and preteens with cellphones will appreciate this brilliant new smartphone app from British dad, Nick Herbert, who was frustrated by his son Ben, who kept ignoring his texts.

Called ReplyASAP, this free app is perfect for parents of children who seem incapable of responding to calls and texts in a timely manner. (You know who you are!)

ReplyASAP works by freezing or setting off an alarm on the offending youngster's phone, essentially forcing him to stop whatever it is he's doing and reply to his worried parents. Only then will he be able to regain access to his device.

"My son has an iPhone, but I still can't get hold of him very easily as it's always on silent because he is playing games or has been at school and forgotten to turn the sound back on," Herbert explained to GoodHousekeeping.com. "There didn't seem to be a solution out there that allowed me to send a message to him, that would override the silent function, appear over whatever he was doing and tell me when he had seen it."

Surprisingly, Ben was more than willing to let his dad install his creation on his phone.

"It gives him the freedom to keep his phone on silent, but with the knowledge that I can get a message to him if necessary," Herbert told Good Housekeeping. "He knows when to use it and when I send him a message on it, it will be important."

Currently, ReplyASAP is only available for Android devices, but PureWow reports than an iOS version is coming soon.