Dad invents app that locks your kids' phones until they reply to your texts

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A father has developed a smartphone app that makes it impossible for kids to ignore their texts.

The Android app ReplyASAP was created by Nick Herbert. With it, any time a cell phone gets a text from another connected user, the phone locks down until the text is answered or at least read. If the phone is set to silent, the app will set off an alarm, WGHP reports

The app has been downloaded more than 75,000 times. It’s free, but there are available in-app purchases. 

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