2 Cents: Reply ASAP

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A new smartphone app is giving moms and dads the upper hand – forcing kids to replay to texts from their parents…ASAP.

British teenager Ben Herbert was never in a rush to text his dad back. Now, he has no choice.

That alarm is part of an app his dad created after Ben ignored him too many times.

The “Reply ASAP” App makes missing a message impossible, taking over the screen and sounding an alarm until the user responds. You can hit snooze, but the alert will just keep coming back.

Herbert acknowledges, some people may find the technology intrusive, but says it has actually improved his relationship with his son.

Each user needs to download the app for it to work. Ben says he doesn’t mind the check ins. He keeps tabs on his dad, too.

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