Send your child a text. Expect no reply.

It’s pretty standard, especially if your children are tweens or teens.

But one clever dad has designed an app that puts an end to all of this ignoring.

How? By annoying the hell out of your teen until he checks your message and responds accordingly.

This is next level parenting right here.

The app that won’t be silenced

Welcome to ReplyASAP, an app that acts as an annoying alarm/reminder to ensure your child actually reads your message, even if your child’s phone is on silent.

When a message is sent through ReplyASAP, the message takes over the recipient’s screen. It also beeps and buzzes, only stopping if the reader “snoozes” the notification or cancels it. ReplyASAP then sends a receipt to the sender, letting them know the message has been snoozed, delivered, or is still pending.

We can thank app designer’s Nick Herbert’s son for ReplyASAP. Like most teens, Nick’s son, Ben, had a tendency to keep his phone on silent or ignore his father’s messages, causing his dad to take to app development in an attempt to get his child to stop ignoring him.

“There are times that I need to get a message to him and he has no way of knowing that the call or text he ignores / doesn’t see is important or not, and I have no way of knowing if he has seen it,” Nick explains.

Using ReplyASAP ensures that your child WILL see your message and WILL be forced to read it. Sure, they don’t have to respond…but at least you can be sure that they take notice of it.

Stopping the “my phone was on silent” excuses, one annoying text at a time

But, wait! It gets better. Because you can use ReplyASAP to ensure ANYONE, not just your care-free children, get your message (such as your partner who has a tendency to “forgets” to stop at the store, then claims “he didn’t see the text” after he returns home empty handed).

The app is currently available on Android and coming to iOS soon. Nick has indicated that he designed the app for emergency and urgent matters only, but, hey, we can pretend we didn’t get that message.

Looking for more apps for parents? Check out Sit-R, the app that solves your babysitter blues as well as our guide to keeping your kids safe when connected.

And don’t miss your chance to enter our Family Zone cyber safety giveaway.


Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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