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szdaily -> Speak Shenzhen
Father creates an app to force son to text back
    2017-August-29  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A busybody dad has created an app to stop kids from ignoring their parents’ phone calls or texts.

Nick Herbert was unable to contact his son Ben, so he came up with a way of stopping the 13-year-old from screening his calls.

The 45-year-old built the ReplyASAP messaging app which takes over the recipient’s phone screen and sounds an alarm — and doesn’t stop until it is answered.

Parents are told if their kids have seen their message and if the troublesome teen’s phone is turned off, then a message pending sign will show on the sender’s phone.

Herbert, from West Wickham in London, is selling his creation to help stressed out parents across the United Kingdom keep track of their children.

“My son started at Langley Park School for Boys a couple of years ago and has a smartphone,” said Herbert.

“I thought this would make getting hold of him easier, but it doesn’t at all.

“In fact, he is always playing games and has the phone on silent. It drives me crazy,” he said.

He hopes the app will make their relationship better as a result.

“It will alleviate the stress when I can’t get hold of him as I will know that he has seen my message,” he said.

However, currently the app only works with Android and his 13-year-old Ben has an iOS phone. He is keen to get his app working on iPhone devices as soon as possible. The app costs 99p (US$1.28) to snoop on one person, £2.49 to track four people, £6.99 for 10 people and £12.99 for platinum, which connects with 20 numbers.

All users will be able to connect to one child for free when they download the app.

Parents might be pleased but Herbert acknowledged teens might be wary of the intrusive invention.

“If I have something important to say I will send an urgent message. Hopefully it will make things a bit easier.

“Will it be the bane of his life? Maybe, I’m not going to use it all the time to speak to him. It is supposed to be a failsafe.”

Words to Learn 相关词汇

【好事的人】hàoshì de rén busybody a person who meddles or pries into the affairs of others

【祸害】huòhài bane a person or thing that ruins or spoils

一名好管闲事的父亲开发了一款让孩子们再也无法忽视父母电话短信的app。尼克•赫伯特联系不上他的儿子本,于是就想出一个办法,让13岁的儿子再也不能无视他的电话。尼克今年45岁,开发了一款名为“ReplyASAP”的消息应用程序,它可以占领接收者的手机屏幕并发出铃声,直到接收者回复才会停下来。

如果孩子已经看到了消息,app会通知父母。但如果麻烦的孩子手机关机,父母手机上会显示消息待阅状态。

伦敦西威克姆的赫伯特先生将这款app卖给英国其他压力山大的父母,让他们与孩子保持联系。赫伯特先生说:“我的儿子两年前上了兰利帕克男校并有了一部手机。”

“我本以为这会让我更容易联系到他,但事实并非如此。”

“实际上,他总是在玩游戏,还把手机调成静音。我都要疯了。” 赫伯特说。

他希望这款app能改善父子间的关系。他说:“在我联系不上他的时候,这款app能让我确认他已经看到了我的信息,可以为我减轻压力。”

不过,现在这款app只兼容安卓系统,他儿子的手机却是iOS系统。

他渴望app能尽快在苹果手机上运行。该app收费标准为:与一名孩子联系收费99便士(8.4元人民币),四人2.49英镑,十人6.99英镑,白金版可以控制20人,价格为12.99英镑。

所有用户下载该app即可免费联系一名孩子。父母们可能都会很高兴,但赫伯特先生承认,孩子们可能会很提防这种扰人的发明。“如果有要紧事的话我就会用ReplyASAP发条紧急消息。希望这能让通知这件事变简单点。”

“这会打扰到他的生活么?也许吧,我不会总是用ReplyASAP联系他。ReplyASAP只是一种保险手段。”

(Chinadaily.com.cn)

 

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