LONDON (CBS) A new smartphone app is giving parents the upper hand by forcing kids to reply to texts from their parents ASAP.
British teenager Ben Herbert was never in a rush to text his dad back, but now he has no choice.
His dad created an app that sounds an alarm if Ben has ignored his texts too many times.
"He may prioritize his friend's messages over mine sometimes," Nick Herbert said, creator of ReplyASAP.
The app makes missing a message impossible. It takes over the screen, sounding an alarm until the user responds. You can hit snooze, but the alert will just keep coming back.
"It could be annoying, but on the flip side, it's important," Ben said.
Nick launched the Android app 18-months ago, and says more than 100,000 people have downloaded it.
Nick acknowledges that some people may find the technology intrusive; however, he says it has actually improved his relationship with his son.
"From a safety perspective, if I send him a message, it will tell me where he when the message arrives on his phone," Nick said."
Each user needs to download the app for it to work. Ben says he doesn't mind the check-ins and keeps tabs on his dad too.